Centro San Bonifacio (CSB) was founded in 1991 by a group of Hispanic families from St. Boniface Parish. After the parish closed, these families united their efforts to found CSB as an expression of community solidarity. Their objective was to encourage and give structure to self-empowerment and self-development projects in the local neighborhoods on Chicago’s near west and northwest side. From our humble roots on the porch of a board member’s apartment, we grew into an established, community-run organization, and developed a methodology and programs that advance our mission of self-development through training and mobilizing Promotores de Salud (Community Health Promoters).
The Community Health Promoter approach is internationally recognized and we have adapted it to the specific needs of low-income, immigrant Latinos living in northwest Chicago. Our extensive training program has thrived because of its peer-to-peer, grassroots nature that combines cultural integration and competence with public health expertise.
The Community Health Promoters conduct outreach and training that focuses on the following education and referrals: Heart health, diabetes, nutrition, exercise, cancer, HIV/AIDS/STD prevention and education, Alzheimers education, pre/post-natal health, doula training and service, car safety seat education and distribution, domestic violence, and community gardening.