El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center

Welcome to El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center (El Sol). El Sol is a pioneer in Community Health Workers (CHW) programs in the Inland Empire, California. El Sol is the leading agency focused on identifying, training, deploying, and supporting CHWs in the region.

We are Community Health Workers! Community Health Workers are at the center of everything we do. Each year, El Sol serves over 50,000 community residents through its programs led by CHWs. El Sol has been serving the Inland Empire for more than 30 years working to achieve positive, measurable change. El Sol also offers foundations and other organizations technical assistance on the development and implementation of CHW programs to identify and target community priorities.

How we do it?

Focus: El Sol works to achieve positive, measurable change across various levels of the social-ecological model. Specifically, through its Community Health Workers, El Sol works to influence change across three interrelated spheres of the social ecological model.

Individual

El Sol has a robust, positive track record developing the capacity of grassroots community residents to serve as CHWs. This is at the core of all strategies designed to address social determinants of health. Additionally, CHWs are deployed to effectively engage and educate community residents to achieve measurable changes in knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors.

Community

CHWs work to engage, organize, and mobilize community residents in addressing community-level social determinants of health. El Sol is committed to building collaborations, knowledge-sharing, and high standards and ensuring best practices among organizations using the community health worker model. Through the years and in collaboration with healthcare and education institutions,  El Sol has been working to integrate CHWs/Promotores in healthcare and educational systems.

Policy

El Sol’s Community Engagement Policy Initiative was created to address capacity challenges in how to engage communities in policy advocacy. El Sol implements innovative multi-site, cross-cultural and inter-generational strategies to organize and engage residents and policy makers in promoting policies and programs that foster environments that support sustainable healthy lifestyles.

Equity Framework

El Sol’s programs are based on an Equity Framework with intentional focus on engaging community leaders representing communities who have not traditionally participated in leadership roles in county-wide initiatives. El Sol is committed to promoting equity in the region to intentionally contribute to eliminating racial and other demographic differences in social and health outcomes by examining individual and organizational beliefs and changing practices to counteract the contemporary and historical impact of racism and discrimination.

Theory of Change

Community Health Workers (CHW) also known as Promotores de Salud are catalyst for sustainable individual and community change. The CHW model follows specific principles and operational guidelines that govern the identification, training and technical assistance, support and development, and evaluation of community health workers. It is not enough to merely hire outreach workers. 

El Sol has demonstrated a robuts and positive track record in the use of CHWs/Promotores to address various factors in social determinants of health. El Sol is pleased to be a pioneer in the implementation of programs using the CHW model in the Inland Empire and to have contributed to positioning the model as an effective strategy in the region. The success coupled with increased state and local funding for CHW programs has led many organizations to value and adopt CHW programs.

El Sol is celebrating 30 years of

El Sol’s record is 30 years of experience implementing innovative, community-driven, multi-dimensional, culturally and linguistically tailored interventions with diverse communities using Community Health Workers.

Partners

El Sol has developed partnerships with evidence-based programs such Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP), and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY).  El Sol is the only accredited Healthy Families America practitioner in the region. A sample of partners include:

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