Eugene, Oregon – $50.000 grant from the state was allocated to the Eugene-based non-profit organization, Centro Latino Americano.
The grant was received earlier this month and it is going to serve for health insurance purposes among underserved people in the community.
According to nonprofit organization staff the was received from the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.
Nonprofit organization employees said the grant will allow them to provide training for four staff members.
It will empower them to help people to sign up for a health insurance and provide outreach in Lane, Douglas, Linn and Benton counties.
Nonprofit organization serve Latino community, the members of which have a language barrier. Accordingly, it creates another barrier in accessing and enrolling for health care.
For instance, Laura Diaz, one of the community members who has been using the nonprofit services for about 20 years doesn’t speak English. She doesn’t have a health insurance.
The fact that the organization received a grant excites her. She believes the organization will be playing a huge role for her and for the whole Latino community with this grant.
The organization provides not only the aspect of translation, but also assisting community members on a daily basis.
Centro Latino is located at the 5th Avenue in Eugene and open to the public Monday through Friday.