Tucked in a valley of southwestern Puerto Rico, a bustling and neatly appointed community space offers education and technology opportunities to a multigenerational resident community. During our recent site visit to Puerto Rico, Sarah had the privilege of visiting the NNLM Region 2 subawardee project Strengthening the Emergency Response Capacities of Older Latino Adults Exposed to Disasters with the Health Communications Institute, Inc. Eleven residents gathered one morning to learn, share in discussion, and began to integrate disaster preparedness measures and practices into their daily lives. Each participant left the training complete with a hand-sized waterproof file, laminated emergency information cards to tuck inside, and a small notebook. More importantly, they each held the confidence a new skill brings, and trust built from a shared community experience. As the group dispersed, a husband came to pick his wife up from her morning class. The long-married couple thanked us with a heartwarming duet of “En Mi Viejo San Juan”
(“In My Old San Juan”), there was not a dry eye in the house.
Thank you to the community of Lajas, Puerto Rico for the warm welcome and hospitality.
A heartfelt thank you to the Health Communications Institute, Inc for your impactful community work.