Una Comunidad Conectada

Una Comunidad Conectada

About Una Comunidad Conectada

The purpose of Una Comunidad Conectada is to create a systems change in how Live Healthy Little Havana engages residents through a Community Liaison (CL) Framework. This project will build on the successes of the Live Healthy Little Havana initiative thus far and expand on the relationships already established with residents and stakeholders to develop more sustained and meaningful engagement. Community Liaisons will be receiving ongoing training around health, leadership, and advocacy so that they are not only strong ambassadors for the initiative, but also gain the skills and experience to be long-term advocates for health and change beyond this project.

Live Healthy Little Havana is a collective impact initiative focused on promoting a healthier Little Havana supported by the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) and coordinated by the City of Miami. The goal is to strengthen community capacity to collaboratively plan and collectively carry out strategies to improve health. UHP co-chairs the Physical Activity Health Impact Team and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Initiative.

Learn more about Live Healthy Little Havana at https://www.livehealthylittlehavana.com/.

Key outcomes of this project include the following:

-Little Havana community members will receive training and professional development to become leaders for change in the Little Havana neighborhood.

-Implementation of a systems change that would improve the way that LHLH engages the community and implements projects.

-Completion of a community liaison group project that is aligned with LHLH goals and supports implementation of the community action plans.

Meet the Live Healthy Little Havana Community Liaisons!

Meet Juan Gutiérrez!
Juan has a background in business administration and marketing from Venezuela. As a resident of Little Havana, he is passionate about participating in programs to help make Little Havana a better place to live, as well as providing opportunities to low income communities.

¡Conozca a Juan Gutiérrez!
Juan tiene experiencia en administración de empresas y mercadeo desde Venezuela. Como residente de La Pequeña Habana, a el le apasiona participar en programas para ayudar a que La Pequeña Habana sea un mejor lugar para vivir. Juan tambien está interesado en brindar oportunidades a comunidades de bajos ingresos.


Meet Daniela Flores!

Daniela’s main objective is to make her environment a better place and that is why she is actively involved with the needs of Little Havana residents. She is an artist and faithfully believes in the transformation of the community through art and culture, which is why her commitment and work starts from the ground up- to achieve the desires of well-being.

¡Conozca a Daniela Flores! 

Daniela tiene como objetivo principal hacer de su entorno un lugar mejor y por eso se involucra activamente con las necesidades de los habitantes de la Pequeña Habana. Ella es artista y cree fielmente en la transformación de la comunidad mediante el arte y la cultura, es por ello que su compromiso y trabajo empieza desde las bases para lograr que ese deseado bienestar sea perdurable.


Meet Alejandro Diaz!
Alejandro is passionate in contributing towards the health and wellness of the community. His mission involves highlighting Little Havana’s historical diversity, all the while building interpersonal connections that help maintain the physical and mental wellbeing of both residents and visitors of Little Havana.

¡Conozca a Alejandro Diaz!
A Alejandro le apasiona contribuir a la salud y el bienestar de la comunidad. La misión de Alejandro consiste en resaltar la diversidad histórica de La Pequeña Habana y, al mismo tiempo, formar conexiones interpersonales que ayuden a mantener el bienestar físico y mental de los residentes y visitantes de La Pequeña Habana.


Meet  Rosi Colmenares!

Rosi is currently a Pre-Law student at Miami-Dade College. She believes that the practice of morality and the rule of law are the basic principles that one has to follow in order to build towards a better society.  She is looking forward to integrating her studies into her Community Liaison role in order to service the Little Havana environment and enrich its community values.

¡Conozca a Rosi Colmenares!

Rosi es actualmente una estudiante de Leyes en la Universidad de Miami-Dade. Ella cree que la práctica de la moralidad y el estado de derecho son principios básicos que se deben seguir para construir una sociedad mejor. Ella espera integrar sus estudios en su rol de Enlace Comunitario para servir al entorno de La Pequeña Habana y enriquecer sus valores comunitarios.


Meet Yamila Cepeda!

Yamila is currently in the process of obtaining a Social Work degree at Miami-Dade College.  Yamila has been a Little Havana resident for over 20 years. As a Community Liaison, Yamila seeks to promote the development of healthy human ties and promote social changes that result in  a greater well-being for the Little Havana community.

¡Conozca a Yamila Cepeda!

Yamila se encuentra actualmente en el proceso de obtener su título como Trabajadora Social en la Universidad de Miami-Dade. Yamila ha sido residente de la Pequeña Habana por más de 20 años. Como Enlace Comunitario, Yamila busca promover el desarrollo de lazos humanos saludables y promover cambios sociales que resulten en un mayor bienestar para la comunidad de la Pequeña Habana.


Are you interested in joining the team? Visit our Careers page here for more information.

¿Estás interesado en unirse al equipo? Visita nuestra página de Carreras aquí para más información.

About the Funders

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit organization, improves health through community investments for health promotion and preventive services. With leadership and effective partnerships on a national, state and local level, the Foundation advances the ability of residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties to lead healthier lives. Since it’s founding in 1993, the Foundation has worked with more than 400 organizations and awarded over $120 million. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit www.hfsf.org.

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Project Contact

To partner with Una Comunidad Conectada or for more information about the initiative, please contact Ana Lisa Le Pera at analisa@urbanhs.com.