Unete Latina is a new text messaging service and mobile website that helps Latina women in Fresno County, California access free and low-cost healthcare and domestic violence services.
The first program of its kind, Unete Latina provides confidential referrals to women who are vulnerable or isolated, or who don’t know where to turn for the support they need. Those who sign up for Unete Latina receive weekly text messages with information about carefully vetted health services available in their community. Smartphone users can also visit the Unete Latina mobile website and search for medical and dental clinics, legal services, emotional and community support services, and places to stay if home is no longer a safe option.
Unete Latina is groundbreaking because it provides access to critical health information in a way that is culturally and technologically appropriate for the community it serves. All the resources listed in the text messages and on the mobile website have Spanish-speaking staff, accept the Matrícula Consular—the Mexican ID card—and have been vetted by hundreds of local women.
Unete Latina is a project of YTH in partnership with Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).