Wellness Programs For Adults
Our benefits counselor ensures that all our patients receive the health care and social service benefits for which they are eligible. Whether you need help choosing a doctor, enrolling in Medicaid, or accessing social services, our benefits counselor is here to help.
Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening, Treatment Linkage and Scheduling Assistance
Funded by: The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, The Illinois Department of Public Health, Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Chicagoland Area Affiliate
Many women in our communities need more information on why and when to schedule mammograms or Pap tests. And then, there are concerns with cost and scheduling appointments. We offer exceptional breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic services and linkage to mammography and treatment services at Saint Anthony Hospital and other local hospitals. We have a dedicated community outreach worker who specializes in helping women learn about and access the breast and cervical cancer services they need.
Diabetes Education Groups
We offer free diabetes education groups that are open to all community members. Classes are led by our bilingual registered nurse. The goal of our diabetes education groups is to improve quality of life for diabetics by promoting healthy lifestyle changes and empowering them to make appropriate care decisions. We follow the four-week American Diabetic Association curriculum, which covers the following topics:
- The nature of diabetes
- The benefits of exercise
- Proper nutrition
- How to measure glucose levels
- How to avoid complications
- How to know what diabetes medications may be right for you.
Wellness Programs For Children
Developmental Screening with Early Intervention Linkage
Our pediatric providers use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to assess how children are developing as part of regular office visits. Children who exhibit signs of developmental delays are referred to a visiting developmental support worker (DSW) provided by Saint Anthony Community Wellness. The DSW is able to conduct even longer, more thorough, developmental screenings using blocks, books and other objects. Children who need more assistance are then linked with Early Intervention Services and provided with follow-up services through Esperanza’s staff and the DSW.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is an internationally known program that teaches girls ages 8-13 about self-esteem while training them to run a 5K race. Since Spring 2011, Esperanza Health Centers has helped many youngs girls work on their self-development and health goals.
Esperanza has designed an early oral health education program in order to address the high rates of early childhood tooth decay our providers see all too often. When parents bring their child in for their 12 month and 24 month well-child visits, they receive oral health education, a toothbrush and a referral to a local dental practice.
We are fortunate to benefit from a strong partnership with Sonrisa Dental, one of the neighbors right here in our building. We have also begun a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago Hispanic Dental Association to provide fluoride varnishes to pediatric patients.
Reach Out & Read Program
Our Enhanced Reach Out & Read (ROR) Program educates and coaches parents on the importance of early reading and how they can create a positive learning environment at home for their child. Our pediatricians routinely “prescribe” reading activities and provide age-appropriate books during office visits for children to take home.
In addition we organize and collaborate with local early learning centers to accomplish the following:
- Ensure that Esperanza's waiting rooms are a literacy-rich environment offering free, age-appropriate books. Helpful volunteers provide storytime reading to waiting children when available.
- Refer families to local Head Start and Early Health Start Programs
- Provide enrollment assistance to families in need of preschool services