Environmental health

and environmental justice

Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF) works in collaboration with community organizations and faith-based organizations that are members of CAF’s Connectors Network to implement the community programs we offer. CAF uses a very successful train the trainer model in which members from the different communities we serve are trained by CAF to become health educators called Promoters. CAF promoters once trained, provide educational workshops to their communities.

Programs

– Indoor/Outdoor Air Quality: The purpose of this program is to create healthy homes and neighborhoods by improving the quality of air and empowering the community with information and resources about environmental and/or public health issues through educational workshops, community cleaning events and Asthmas prevention health fairs at targeted neighborhoods.
– Climate Change & Clean EnergyThought out this Programs, CAF has successfully train community leaders and organizers to increase their capacity to engage, educate, organize, and mobilize their communities to increase their knowledge on climate change and clean energy adoption strategies. 
– Water Management: This Program allows CAF to train and educate members of the community about stormwater and available reimbursement programs by training families and youth with a strong connection to the environmental health movement.
– Recycling: The purpose of this program is to educate about the benefits of recycling and promote practical ways to do it at home in the communities we serve as a way to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and contribute to air quality.  
– ​Leadership Development: This program includes a set of activities that prepare current and future leaders to effectively play their role in 

environmental conservation. Currently, CAF conducts programs to train Youth ECO-Promoters, who acquire the tools necessary to lead the emerging generation on climate change issues. CAF is also a co-anchor of coalitions such as the Mid Atlantic Justice Coalition, where it works to find solutions that address economic needs, toxic hazards and community health; and the Salon Wellness Coalition, which emerged in late 2023 as an initiative to facilitate informed decisions regarding health and safety, thereby promoting a culture of wellness within the salon industry.

– Capacity Building: CAF, together with the University of Maryland, is carrying out two initiatives, TCTAC and MATCH, aimed at developing and strengthening the skills, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to adapt to the changes that climate and environmental justice knowledge imply.