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Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc.

Grantee Information

Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc.
201 Live Oaks Blvd.
Casselberry, FL 32707
407-339-2001 (Phone)
407-339-1700 (Fax) Exit Disclaimer

The mission of Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc. (HHI) is to educate and connect medically underserved families with health education and services, and disseminate accurate information in a culturally sensitive and linguistically competent manner.

Grant Project Information

Taking Care of My Health/Cuidando mi Salud
Peter Willems


The Taking Care of My Health/Cuidando mi Salud project intends to increase community capacity for chronic disease education, prevention and management, improve health outcomes for racial minorities, reduce local public health costs for chronic condition treatment and increase awareness of strategies to increase self-efficacy in disease prevention and management. The Cuidando mi Salud project will focus on addressing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and obesity in Hispanic and black communities in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties in Florida.

To that end, HHI will partner with Florida Technical College, University of Central Florida, Central Florida Family Health Center, Community and Church Assistance Program and Health Care Center for the Homeless to provide health risk assessments and educational workshops, one-on-one health counseling, peer health education and primary care placement. The intended outcomes of this project include improving participant knowledge and attitudes toward obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke, sustainable participant behavior changes regarding lifestyle choices, including increased physical activity levels, and expanding community capacity to provide effective preventive services by lowering cost of and providing greater access to health care.

In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, data will be collected on a range of performance measures, including relevant biometrics. Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected through focus groups, participant surveys and health worker assessments 30, 60 and 90 days following the initial participant interview.


  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services,service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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