MIAMI, FLORIDA—The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)— the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers— is continuing its 2015 season of grassroots leadership training in Miami with the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos HCHS/SOL at the University of Miami. For the past several years, NHCOA has been empowering local leaders and older adults throughout different regions of the country through a signature leadership program, Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training (ECET), which provides participants with community advocacy tools rooted in popular education. Since 2011, NHCOA has grown a national network of NHCOA Leaders who are leveraging their influence and knowledge of advocacy to be part of the solution to their communities’ most pressing problems. In 2015, NHCOA will double its trainings to reach more community leaders across the country.
“NHCOA is proud to partner with the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos HCHS/SOL at the University of Miami as we seek to bring relevant and powerful community advocacy tools to grassroots Latino leaders across the country. Our program is built around the idea that everyone has unique talents they can leverage to improve their own lives and of those around them. One of the main message we want all participants to take away from this experience is that every person is a valuable member of society with the ability to take on a leadership role at any given time, whether it is within the family circle, workplace, place of worship, or the greater community. We want to debunk the myth that leaders are celebrities or elected officials, and instill the belief that every human being can play a leadership role there were s/he is functioning,” expressed Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO.
“The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos HCHS/SOL at the University of Miami and the National Hispanic Council on Aging are proud to co-sponsor the Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training. Twenty-seven bright and committed individuals from the South Florida community— representing members of non-profit organizations, friends of HCHS/SOL, and community health workers, among others— will bring back to their communities a fresh new approach and many lessons learned during the seminar. We are very grateful to all the community partner organizations and friends who helped us promote the training. Please join us in congratulating these 27 new NHCOA leaders from South Florida,” said Maria Pattany, MD, Clinic Manager at the University of Miami.
The event was conducted from March 10-11, 2015 at the Miller School of Medicine on the University of Miami campus. NHCOA will host another ECET in Miami from June 2-4, 2015. This leadership training is intended for grassroots leaders and older adults who work directly with Latino communities. For more information about the trainings and registration, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.