North Central AHEC

Community Programs

The North Central AHEC sponsors a wide variety of community projects focusing on the needs of vulnerable populations across the service area, especially the growing number of Hispanic/Latino residents.

Community programs are provided in partnership with many other community organizations, and are based on community needs. Rosa Martin, Community Programs Director, staffs the North Central AHEC office in Lexington. For more information, call (859) 281-6086 or e-mail

Promotores (lay health promoters)
The Promotores program offers a free 40-hour health education program to volunteers who agree to share their new health knowledge with their family, friends and others in their community. The training, conducted over 12-13 weeks, covers a variety of health topics, such as basic hygiene, women's health, prevention and treatment of common health problems, local health resources, childrens health, HIV/AIDS, and others. Class members complete CPR and First Aid certification during the course, and also learn to take blood pressure. Promotores are given a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff. Upon completion of the program, Promotores meet periodically to update their knowledge, and sponsor community education programs such as health fairs.

Promotores classes for Hispanic/Latino residents are taught in Spanish. Promotores classes are also offered in English for other groups, as needed.

Promotores classes are offered in Lexington and Covington on an ongoing bases.
For more information please e-mail (Lexington) or (Northern Kentucky).

Community Health Fairs (Feria de Salud)
The North Central AHEC offers several health fairs every year aimed at the Hispanic/Latino population of central Kentucky as well as the general population. Health screenings, such as blood pressure, height, weight, blood glucose and cholesteral, hearing testing, dental examination, and HIV/AIDS testing, are offered free of charge. Information about health conditions and local health resources is also available.

Health fairs are offered in Lexington and Erlanger. 
For more information please e-mail (Lexington) or (northern Kentucky).

Spanish Health Information Library
A library of Spanish language health publications, such as pamphlets and brochures, is available for use of the promotores and other community members. Free publications offer accurate and up-to-date information on a variety of health topics, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, STD's, HIV/AIDS, cancer and nutrition.  New material is being obtained regularly.

Medical Interpreter Classes
Because of the shortage of trained medical interpreters who can assist Hispanic/Latino individuals in hospitals and clinics, the North Central AHEC works with community groups to offer medical interpreter classes in an as-needed basis.

For more information, contact Rosa Martin at (859) 281-6086 or via e-mail

Survey Report: Health Care Access and Concerns of the Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky, Latino Community
During the fall of 2003, the NC AHEC staff, with the assistance of promotores (trained volunteer health educators) surveyed the Hispanic/Latino community in Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky.  A synopsis of the full survey report can be obtained by clicking here.