Funded by the Office of Minority Health, the Latinas Educating Each Other Project (LEEO) utilizes a community-centered approach to emphasize the importance of mobilizing Latina/o communities at-large to become aware of the impact of HIV/AIDS in their community.
The LEEO Project enhances and strengthens HIV/AIDS service provider’s capacity as leaders and builds leadership capacity among young Latina/o adults between the ages of 18-24 to address HIV/AIDS issues in their communities. LEEO targets all the populations being affected: men who have sex with men (MSM), women, youth, and Latina/o families who lack basic education about HIV/AIDS.
Utilizing its years of experience working with community based organizations in Latino communities, as well as alongside its network of Latinas working in the field of health, community mobilization, and other areas affecting the Latino community, NLHN will expand its existing work to train young Latina/o leaders and assist in building capacity among community based organizations serving those at high risk for HIV infection.
Emerging Leaders Health Institute (ELHI)
As part of the LEEO Project, NLHN’s ELHI proposes to build leadership capacity among young Latinas, ages 18-24 years of age with a focus on health.
Participants are expected to meet project requirements as follows:
- Meet with and/or connect with mentors as required.
- Participate in monthly conference calls as scheduled.
- Follow-up to monthly blog assignments as noted.
- Complete Community Action Project.
- Participate in local community health events.
- Attend Health Policy in Action Seminar in Washington, DC.
- Maintain communication with NLHN project staff as appropriate.
As a result of participating in the ELHI, members will be able to serve as a resource to other young people and community organizations; build their own leadership capacity in health promotion and prevention; and promote NLHN’s mission and the LEEO project locally and nationally.
ELHI participants will be meeting in Washington, DC to discuss upcoming local community activities.