Welcome to the April Newsletter! We are excited to share our team’s recent achievements and upcoming initiatives. This spring, we have been busy organizing diabetes classes and providing legal assistance to newly arrived immigrants. We continue to organize vaccine clinics for COVID-19, flu, and chickenpox. We hope you will join us this spring in our efforts to continue making a positive impact!

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Resources for Pre-Diabetes

This month, we focused on raising awareness about pre-diabetes, as we know it is a common concern among the Hispanic community, especially due to socioeconomic factors that may limit access to healthcare. It is crucial that we all understand what changes we can implement in our lifestyle and what resources are available to us if needed. Here are some options for free or low-cost resources that may be accessible in Utah:

Utah Ventanilla de Salud Alliance Community Services
  • Ventanilla De Salud “Health Office” at the Mexican Consulate: A great resource to get basic health assessments and guidance on pre-diabetes.
  • DPP Program through the University of Utah: This program offers counseling and support to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes Recipe Book from the University of Utah: This cookbook provides healthy recipes and specific nutritional tips for people with diabetes.
  • Wellness Bus: The Wellness Bus offers health services and education in local communities, including screening tests and resources for diabetes and other chronic disease prevention.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This month we also want to highlight the national 23rd anniversary of sexual assault awareness. It is extremely important to support and promote efforts to prevent this type of violence. Through our legal area, we can provide assistance with specific visas for cases of sexual assault, such as the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) visa and the U visa.

VAWA visa is for individuals who are victims of domestic violence by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, and a U visa is intended for victims of serious crimes, such as sexual assault, who have cooperated with authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

Our legal team is here to answer any questions you may have about these types of visas and to assist you with the application process. We are committed to providing you with the support you need in this difficult situation.

Alliance Community Services (ACS) is committed to providing support and resources to our community.

To address diabetes, ACS has partnered with the University of Utah to assess and adapt the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum, offering classes designed to reduce pre-diabetes. Those diagnosed are referred to our prevention classes, where we seek to raise awareness and educate to encourage the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. These classes have been held in Utah County, Salt Lake County, and Davis County.

Our legal team is available to provide assistance in immigration processes such as the U visa and VAWA. We are a Department of Justice-accredited agency to represent members of the community, and all our services are low-cost.

We continually implement vaccination campaigns against Covid-19, flu, HPV, and chickenpox. We collaborate with the Salt Lake County Health Department and the Department of Human and Health Services to reach more people in the Latino community.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance. We are here to accompany you every step of the way.

Together we can build a healthier and more resilient community!

Upcoming Events

Spring Health Fair towards Wellness:
April 20th (12:00 PM -4:00 pm), Rose Park Primary Care Clinic (168 N 1950 W) and Utah Refugee Services Office (150 N 1950 W).
Child Health and Wellness Fair
April 27 (10:00 AM -1:00 pm) Molina Healthcare/Hispanic Center: 58 N State St, Orem
Children's Day Health Event
April 27 Taylorsville 12-4 pm
2nd Annual Community Health and Wellness Day:
27 de Abril (12-4 pm) Northwest Community Campus (1300 W 300 N) between the Northwest Community Center
World Immunization Week
(April 23-30) we constantly organize and promote the importance of vaccination clinics so that our community can protect itself. By staying up to date with vaccines, you not only take care of yourself but also protect your loved ones.
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Collaboration highlight

Alliance Community Services is a reference in the Latino community, promoting initiatives with the Psychology Department of the University of Utah. Together with Dr. Katie Baucom and her team, we have launched pioneering projects such as “AdiósT2,” aimed at developing prediabetes prevention strategies in the Latino community. This partnership has enabled us to address the needs of our community, promoting inclusivity and ensuring that our voices are heard. Together, we are promoting and encouraging a healthier lifestyle among Latino adults at risk of developing type 2 prediabetes, marking a milestone in collaborations between the community and the academic sphere to promote health.


Assistance for health insurance through CHIP and Medicaid: We assist with the application and guide you through the entire eligibleity process, from filling out forms, understanding benefits and obligations, to renewing and maintaining your coverage, as well as navigating the healthcare system.

Navigation for early detection of Breast and Cervical Cancer: We provide essential support, including interpretation and access to free or low-cost vouchers, to ensure that women receive the necessary care and screenings.

Cancer Survivors Support Group “Triunfadoras“: The only Spanish-language support group for cancer survivors in Utah. We offer emotional support, education, and recreational activities that contribute to your well-being.

Ventanilla De Salud: Located within the Consulate of Mexico, this program connects the Hispanic community with various services through partner agencies. It also offers free basic health screenings such as blood sugar, blood pressure, fatty liver disease, body mass index, and blood oxygen levels.

COVID-19: This program provides education, navigation, and access to community services, such as free at-home covid testing, access to flu and COVID-19 vaccines, rental assistance, food banks, mental health services, and more.

Employee Highlight:
Carmen Rodríguez

Meet Carmen Rodríguez, who has been working with Alliance Community Services for over four years but has been working with the community for over twenty-four years! Her passion for personal growth and helping others has made her an invaluable asset to our team.

Her commitment to making a difference is truly inspiring. Thank you, Carmen, for your unwavering dedication and for being a model of positivity and inclusion at Alliance Community Services.