We are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles. Recognizing that education is vital to both promotion of good health and prevention of chronic disease, Mariposa created Platicamos Salud, a nationally recognized program, which evolved to Community Health Services.

Community Health Services utilizes highly trained community health workers to reach the under-served populations in Santa Cruz County by offering an array of outreach, education, practical instruction, personal assistance and referral services for county residents of all ages in a manner that is language and culture-appropriate.
Our Community Health Services professionals are generally long time residents of the community and reflect the cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic characteristics of their neighbors. They receive training in health care, facilitation and community resources, and assist Mariposa’s customers in navigating the health care system. They interact with clients and their families and teach them to assess and manage their personal risk factors and to positively impact their own well-being. They also cooperate and collaborate with teen health facilitators who also work in the community, helping individuals and families learn about nutrition, exercise and living healthy, productive lives. Both our adult and teen Community Health Services facilitators are supported by a professional public health team.

Community Health Services include:

Individual Services

  • Health Start/Healthy Start home visitation (pregnant women/women with children under the age of 2)
  • Breastfeeding support at the hospital and at home
  • Oral health screenings for pregnant women
  • Fluoride varnishing for children age 5 and under
  • Assistance with breast cancer treatment and survivorship
  • Home-based education for reduction of asthma triggers
  • Instruction on child care safety seats
  • Domestic violence advocacy
  • Tobacco cessation services

Health Classes

  • Su Corazon Su Vida
  • La Vida Buena (nutrition and physical activity for adolescents)
  • Oyendo Bien (adult hearing loss screening and education)
  • Prenatal classes
  • Mix It Up (school-based nutrition education)
  • Abstinence Plus Education
  • Es Dificil Ser Mujer (depression)

Support Groups

  • Juntos Contra El Cancer
  • Domestic violence

Community Services

  • U.S. citizenship classes and assistance with citizenship exam preparation
  • Summer Youth Institute (seven-week certification program for teen facilitators)
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Ventanilla de Salud (health promotion services at the Mexican Consulate)
  • Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
  • GED classes
  • English classes
  • Car seat safety events
  • Farmer’s Market/Nogales Mercado
  • SNAP education & outreach
  • Family Learning Center

Community Programs and Classes

Some of the group programs available to Santa Cruz County residents through Community Health Services include:

  • Tobacco use prevention and cessation classes
  • Diabetes education and prevention
  • Cancer education and prevention
  • Prenatal education, home visiting program
  • Breastfeeding promotion and education program
  • Women’s health programs (health education, fitness, nutrition, depression, life skills)
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention and education programs
  • Summer Youth Institute and peer health training
  • Community Car Seat Program
  • Domestic violence support
  • Citizenship classes
  • GED classes
  • English classes

For more information, please contact Community Health Services at (520) 375-6050.
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WIC Program

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program helps parents be good parents through:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding support (counseling, home visits, breast pumps)
  • Supplemental foods (including fruits and vegetables, whole grains and soy)
  • Referral

Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants under one year and children under age five are eligible for WIC services.

Call 520-287-4994 for an appointment and list of documents to bring in order to apply for services.

 

 

Mariposa Family Learning Center, 441 N. Grand Ave. #12, El Álamo Plaza, Nogales –
(520) 287-3330

Family Learning Center Exterior - Nogales