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Promotores de Salud

Promotores de Salud (PDS) is a lay health promoter program that is dedicated to improving health education and health care access for the Hispanic population of the Shenandoah Valley.  It is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center and JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health & Human Services.  The PDS program trains Hispanic men and women to be health resource persons who are able to provide friends, family, and co-workers with culturally appropriate health information.  JMU physician assistant students fill an integral role in the program by being the primary instructors of the 40-hour training.  PA faculty act as resources providing academic support.  PA students get the benefit of practicing presentation skills while also getting to experience working with Spanish interpreters.

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