La Fuerza de Familias Latinas by Literacy Partners Announces its Collaboration with Unite Us to Address the Unmet Health and Social Care Needs for Latinx Caregivers within the United States
Dateline: Manhattan, New York, May 3rd, 2022 –
La Fuerza de Familias Latinas by Literacy Partners is a national adult education program that offers workshops and digital resources designed to support parents and caregivers in promoting their children’s early learning, social-emotional growth, and school readiness. Today they announced a partnership with Unite Us, the nation’s leading technology company connecting health and social care services, to address the unmet health and social care needs for Latinx caregivers across the country.
This national partnership will provide equitable access to health and social care for the La Fuerza de Familias Latinas by Literacy Partners community, and connect them to much-needed resources and services that will enable them to live healthier lives. These resources are especially critical during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately impacted Latinx communities in New York City and throughout the country.
La Fuerza de Familias Latinas launched in 2020 during the pandemic to improve caregiver engagement in person and remotely. The program’s remote workshops allow caregivers who work multiple jobs to attend from wherever they are, at home or in the community. Originally founded in New York City, the program has expanded to Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, Austin, San Diego, and Chicago, and continues to grow. To date, the program has served 3,285 families, trained 43 staff members in 12 different organizations, and provided free online resources that were viewed and shared over 20,000 times. La Fuerza acknowledges the importance of addressing social care to improve a person’s overall well-being.
Through Unite Us’ shared technology platform, La Fuerza de Familias Latinas by Literacy Partners will be able to connect people in need to a robust network of services and resources such as financial assistance, housing, employment, and much more. These resources will enable individuals to improve their quality of life in times of hardship. The network allows healthcare providers and social service organizations to securely access and make referrals to needed services while monitoring progress and measuring outcomes at scale.
“This partnership will boost La Fuerza’s ability to continue to scale nationally while allowing us to make a local impact, said Michelle Lopez, National Director of Parent Education at La Fuerza de Familias Latinas. “Our growing community of partners will benefit from instant access to critical wraparound services for their Spanish-speaking families. Our bilingual team will be able to identify these needs and respond with the best support available in the caregiver’s local community. All this while remaining HIPAA responsible,” she added.
“Our collaboration with La Fuerza de Familias Latinas by Literacy Partners aligns with our goal to connect individuals and families to the care they need when they need it, regardless of circumstance,” said Adrienne Sherk, Senior Director of Community-Based Organization Partnerships at Unite Us. “Our team works together to support and train network partners who coordinate care. Our overall intent is to increase equitable access and improve whole-person care in all communities.”
La Fuerza will send referrals for their Spanish-speaking parent and caregiver network. Support for incoming referrals will commence this spring, with social service providers in the Unite Us-powered networks in which La Fuerza will be operating: New York, Texas, Florida, California, and Philadelphia.. La Fuerza will also send partner referrals nationwide later this year. There is no cost for nonprofit, community-based organizations to join the Unite Us network. Nonprofits, community-based organizations, and other providers seeking to connect their clients and patients to La Fuerza’s services through Unite Us’ network should follow this link and complete the form: https://uniteus.com/contact/.
About La Fuerza de Familias Latinas
La Fuerza de Familias Latinas developed a parent engagement toolkit that provides early childhood education programs with everything they need to facilitate a series of interactive workshops for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers. Their program model is aligned with early learning educational standards used by many states and was found to be “uniquely successful” by external evaluators from New York University. La Fuerza’s approach is to engage Spanish-speaking families “in language and culture” with stories they can relate to, a community they can grow with, and practical tools they can use at home with their children. Follow La Fuerza on Facebook, Instagram and subscribe to our Newsletter.
About Unite Us
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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