19th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect April 30-May 2, 2014


Are you as effective as you are busy?

Few if anyone who works in the child maltreatment field is not busy. But are we all as effective as we can be?

Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, director of the Center for Health & Safety Culture at Montana State University, and Dr. Robert Sege, a practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, take on this important question in their Wednesday, April 30, mini-plenary at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN).

Linkenbach and Sege will focus on The Science of the Positive, a framework based on the interdependence of spirit and scientific rigor as precursors to effective action, and help participants get started in applying this energizing approach to their daily work.

Jumpstart your journey from busy to effective by attending the Linkenbach/Sege mini-plenary ‘Transformational Leadership: Move from Busy to Effective with the Science of the Positive,’ at the 19th NCCAN.

Find out more about the 19th NCCAN and register now at http://www.paltech.com/web/NCCAN19.

Don’t Delay

The 19th NCCAN takes place during New Orleans’ world famous Jazz Festival. Rooms at the Conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, are going fast. Book your hotel room early.

See you in New Orleans!


From your Puentes Familia!

Hola Friend of the Latino Community,

Puentes MLK Day of Service

Here at Puentes we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving the Latino community every day. Today especially the Puentes Team is honoring and commemorating his important work by volunteering at the Economic Opportunity Center in Central City.
We hope you are having a great start to the New Year! Puentes has much in store for 2014 and we call on ALL Latinos and Community Members to join our efforts by volunteering and Giving Back!
Puentes is grateful for each gift it receives, at any level! Every donation will help propel our work to provide more than 1,500 families & individuals in the Greater New Orleans Area who annually receive Puentes programs such as; the Public Leadership Fellowship, the School Readiness & Parent Engagement Program ‘Abriendo Puertas’, the Emerging Latino Entrepreneur Loan Program, the College Prep Series, First Time Homebuyer Courses in Spanish and the Community of Interest Project. Click HERE for a description of all GIVING LEVELS!!

First Annual Puentes Gala
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Calling ALL Event Planners!
For this important event we are forming a Gala Design Committee to be an integral part for the planning of our first annual fundraising gala! The date has been set for Saturday, September 20, 2014 to be held at the historical Cabildo in Jackson Square.
Built in 1799 as the seat of the Spanish colonial rule in New Orleans, the Cabildo is a perfect location to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to New Orleans and Louisiana. With your help and ideas this will be the event of the year! Email us at2014gala@puentesno.org to join the committee and attend the first committee meeting. Review our GIVING LEVELS to become a featured sponsor of this amazing event!


1/21:   Pelicans Game – TOMORROW Night  
Many thanks to the Saints and Pelican Organizations, Puentes New Orleans has FREE Pelican game tickets for you! Click HERE and fill out the required form to get your free tickets! Come and join us to cheer on the New Orleans Pelicans against the Sacramento Kings!
1/25:   FREE Community Health Fair
In collaboration with El Milagro Church of God and the New Orleans Department of Health, Puentes New Orleans, Inc. is hosting a FREE Health Fair in Midcity offering many FREE health screenings to the community at large. Come join us at 440 N Dorgenois St. New Orleans, 70119. from 11am-3pm AND if you’d like to volunteer contact Julissa Gonzales atjulissa@puentesno.org. Click HERE to view and download the bilingual flyer.
1/31:   Spring 2014 College Preparedness Series
Applications for the Puentes Spring 2014 College Preparedness Series are NOW open, click HERE. ALL Juniors in high school who are planning to go to college are welcome to apply. The 13 week series starts on February 4th, 2014. Applications are due on January 31st, 2014. Please contact Anna Walter (anna@puentesno.org) for more information. You can view and download the FLYER.
1/31-2/1:   Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT 
Wells Fargo along with Hope Enterprises is offering a one-time FREE event for future homeowners. At this event learn about available homes, down payment assistance and homeownership. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly recommended in order to guarantee the ability to meet one-on-one with a professional. It is important for you to bring ALL your financial documentation if you plan to meet with a home mortgage specialist to discuss qualification for down payment assistance. For more information, to register for this event and to request a parking voucher clickREGISTRATION. Click HERE to view and download the informational bilingual flyers.
Date: January 31-February 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Hall 12
900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130
2/1:   Urban League 2014 Schools EXPO
At the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ Annual Schools EXPO Puentes New Orleans will have a main registration table for Spanish speaking families, translated documents and will have an information table within the EXPO. With the help of volunteers, bilingual “ambassadors” will be available as guides and interpreters for families to successfully navigate the EXPO. Our volunteers will be located at the main entrance (Gate A) with the registration tables. Last year 3,500 families attended the EXPO!! If you would like to volunteer please fill out the volunteer FORM and contact Jenny Yanez (jenny@puentesno.org) or call our offices (504) 821-7228. For more information, check out the Urban League’s event calendar information HERE. This is FREE and open to the public so make sure to stop by this event located at the Mercedes Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr.

Message from the Exeutive Director
Carolina G. Hernandez

Dear Puentes Familia,
Today in celebration of Dr. King’s great social justice work I am humbled to sit at the helm of such a great organization. Seven years ago, in the fall of 2007 I was introduced to Puentes through word of mouth; as most things are in New Orleans. Along with an amazing group of volunteers who filled the roles of staff when we had no staff; we embarked on our first voter registration campaign called LatiNola Votes! A few months later I was invited to join the Board of Directors; another amazing group of folks I have come to admire and I’m blessed to call my friends. I never could have imagined all that was to follow. The work of those who preceded me in this role must not go a miss; it is because of their efforts the Latino community has a strong organization to provide ALL Latinos with a VOICE in all facets of civic life. AND yet there is still so much to do.
I am here to serve this great organization as Executive Director but more importantly to serve our dedicated Board of Directors, our dedicated staff, community partners and especially the New Orleans Latino Community. Puentes strives to make our communities more immigrant friendly by strengthening the values of diversity and inclusion in New Orleans and Louisiana. Our struggle and fight for justice and equity is the same as all excluded communities regardless of faith, skin color and background. Here in New Orleans many Latinos describe themselves as “invisible” and that is the plight of all communities who suffer from today’s many injustices. As a child in the Jefferson Parish school system I remember learning about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the works of Dr. King. I understood the context & the importance of the history being taught to me and yet I searched for a familiar face in history and found one in Cesar Chavez. At the time of the Civil Rights Movement he was leading a nonviolent battle to free farm workers, Latinos and other poor working people from the bonds of abuse and poverty. In March, 1968, Dr. King sent a telegram to Cesar Chavez. The telegraph reads:
“I am deeply moved by your courage in fasting as your personal sacrifice for justice through nonviolence. Your past and present commitment is eloquent testimony to the constructive power of nonviolent action and the destructive impotence of violent reprisal. You stand today as a living example of the Ghandian tradition with its great force for social progress and its healing spiritual powers. My colleagues and I commend you for your bravery, salute you for your indefatigable work against poverty and injustice, and pray for your health and your continuing service as one of the outstanding men of America. The plight of your people and ours is so grave that we all desperately need the inspiring example and effective leadership you have given. “
Martin Luther King Jr.
President, Souther Christian Leadership Conference
Click HERE  for image and HERE for the direct link to The King Center.
Latinos we are not alone! In the words of Cesar Chavez (Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 12, 1990),
“My friends, Dr. King realized that the only real wealth comes from helping others. I challenge each and every one of you to be a true disciple of Dr. King, to be truly wealthy. I challenge you to carry on his work by volunteering to work for a just cause you believe in.”

The powerful work accomplished during the Civil Rights Movement was done so with “people power”. Here at Puentes we are working to do just that! Join us in our efforts! Help us and the people we serve byDONATING! 2014 here we come!

Carolina G. Hernandez
Executive Director
Puentes New Orleans, Inc.

Genetic Alliance: Request for Proposal

Dear CBPR colleagues,

Genetic Alliance invites proposals for the Impact Awards, a program designed to expand the reach of existing outreach and education and improve access to genetic services and support. Up to $25,000 will be offered per award, and a total of $175,000 will be distributed overall.

The full Request for Proposals is available on www.geneticalliance.org/ImpactAwards. Proposals will be accepted until March 14, 2014, 8:00 PM EST.  An informational webinar will be held on January 23, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST. Register online athttp://www.geneticalliance.org/webinars.

Please see the full announcement below for more details.


Susan Lee

Program Assistant

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Phone: 206-666-3406 | Email: programs@ccph.info

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health equity and social
justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.

Join us at CCPH’s 13th International Conference: From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic,
Equitable & Transformative Partnerships, April 30 – May 3, 2014, Chicago, IL

Become a CCPH member and access resources to support genuine community-academic partnerships!

Stay on top of the latest CCPH news through Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter!

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences & Environmental Protection Agency : Funding Opportunity Announcement

Dear CBPR colleagues,

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency intend to publish a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers. The purpose of this program is to support a multidisciplinary program of applied and basic research along with an active community outreach translation effort to examine and translate the effects of early exposure to environmental hazards on children’s health and wellbeing.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects and cores. More information can be found here: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-14-002.html.

The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2014 with an expected application due date in Summer 2014.

Thank you!

Susan Lee
Program Assistant
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Phone: 206-666-3406 | Email: programs@ccph.info

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.

Join us at CCPH’s 13th International Conference: From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships, April 30 – May 3, 2014, Chicago, IL https://ccph.memberclicks.net/conference-overview

Become a CCPH member and access resources to support genuine community-academic partnerships!

Stay on top of the latest CCPH news through Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter!

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana: Vendors for Community Health Fair


Celebrating our Kings & Queens 20 years……

Where: 2500 Bayou Rd @ N. Dorgenois St.

              New Orleans, LA 70119

Date:  Saturday, February 15th

Start Time: 10:am – 4:00 pm

Setup time: 8:am – 4:pm Screening start at 8am (OUTSIDE EVENT Weather Permitting)

Table set up 9:00 – 9:30am

Need: Must have own table and chair (Working on tables & Chairs)

Purpose: Give back to the Kings & Queens of the Community Young or Older….

RSVP: By Monday, February 03, 2014 COB 4:00pm

Peace & Blessing

Kim Y. Burton

Community Health Educator Region 1

P: 225-726-1538

F: 225-300-9209

**Please note the change of email address.**
E: kburton@amerihealthcaritasla.com




Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON): Mentoring Program

Are you new to being a community health or outreach worker?  Do you want a chance to learn from people who are experienced in working with communities in New Orleans?  Good news!  The Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network (LACHON) is starting a new mentoring program for LACHON members.  We will pair you with an experienced LACHON member who may be able to help you make new connections in the community and address challenges you are having in your work.

Please join us at our next meeting on February 7that 11:00am at the Ruth U. Fertel Tulane Community Health Center (711 N. Broad) to learn more!

Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH

Instructor of Clinical Medicine

Director, Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute

Tulane University School of Medicine

1555 Poydras St., Suite 853

New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone:  504-988-4007

Fax:  504-988-8252

Enroll America: Key Message for the Latino Community/Mensaje Claves para la Comunidad Latina

Key Messages for the Latino Community/ Mensajes Claves para la Comunidad Latina:

Please share with Latino leaders and navigators!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 1:00 pm (EST)
What are uninsured Latino consumers hearing and thinking midway through the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment? Join Enroll America on Wednesday, January 22th at 1 pm EST to discuss the results and share valuable information with enrollment stakeholders. Click here to register:https://cc.readytalk.com/r/orjeei7n1h97&eom
Take care,
Tony Garr
Southeast State Assistance Manager
Enroll America
615-603-9747 Cell & Work