Community Health Advocacy Program


Thanks to CLLARO’s longtime partnership with Polly Baca, CLLARO launched the Community Health Advocacy Program (CHAP) in 2014. CHAP seminars improve community members’ leadership, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing skills in order to confront a variety of health disparities that exist in their communities.

CHAP Class of 2017

Check out what our current cohort of CHAP is working on!


CHAP Class of 2016-17

Our inaugural cohort of CHAP participants, pictured below, have worked diligently to develop community projects designed to increase access to culturally-competent physical, mental, and spiritual healthcare options for Latino communities. A summary of their projects is outlined below.

CHAP Graduation Day! August 21, 2017

Jasmin Barco

Recycling and Compost Accessibility for Multi-Family Units

The goal of this project is to incentivize responsible waste management practices and to increase access to basic recycling and compost services at minimal cost in Aurora, where currently no incentives or services exist. This project seeks to increase awareness about the environmental benefits of recycling and composting among apartment complexes in order to increase initial impact.

Rosario Mendoza, Dina Puente, and Angela Ázua-Tzul

Mujer Fuerza y Sentimientos

The focus for this project is to create a cultural support network for Latinas and monolingual Spanish-speaking women with the goal of improving women’s overall health and well being. This group helps women to develop themselves as leaders and encourages them to become advocates for their communities.

Hilda Perez

Preventative Health Care – Early Screenings for Diabetes and HBP

The goal of this project is to increase education about preventative measures to combat diabetes and chronic high blood pressure. The main demographic for this project will be mothers, given that most tend to neglect their own health in favor of their spouses and children.

Irving Reza

Urban/Rooftop Gardening

The goal of this project is to make locally-grown produce available to low-income communities through an urban gardening initiative. This culturally responsive project will eventually incorporate a curriculum which will teach others how to cultivate organic produce right in their own backyard.