Building Skills Partnership

ANNOUNCEMENT: This Men’s Health Month, Community Service Workers Receive Hepatitis C and HIV Awareness Training






For Immediate Release

June 6, 2018

Press Contact: Luis Sandoval (213) 284-3814


This Men’s Health Month, Community Service Workers Receive Hepatitis C and HIV Awareness Training

Building Skills Partnership and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center Partner to Host Local Los Angeles Health Providers and Low-Income, Male Workers in Four Day Workshop


Los Angeles, CA | June 6, 2018 – This June, in celebration of Men’s Health Month, Building Skills Partnership (BSP) will host a three-day grant writing workshop with local Los Angeles health providers and a one-day workshop to heighten awareness and early detection of HIV and Hepatitis C for low-income, minority men and property service workers. The four day event will take place June 6th- June 9th as part of a newfound partnership with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC). Recognizing BSP as a leader in delivering culturally relevant, preventative health programming, the OMHRC chose BSP as its host.

Beginning June 6th through June 8th, Building Skills Partnership will host 24 Latino serving organizations and health providers in a capacity building workshop at the SEIU-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW) office in downtown Los Angeles. The training will benefit the participants by helping them optimize their grant strategy and sharpen techniques to write competitive grants and achieve fundraising goals. Organizations expected to attend include Para Los Niños, the National Health Foundation, Esperanza Community Housing, The California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, El Centro de Ayuda, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Los Angeles Alliance for Health and Aging and more.

Led by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, the training will focus on program design, description and evaluation methodologies and how to best represent their information to funders in grants and proposal writing activities.  Training participants will have improved knowledge of the components of technical grant writing as well as the grant writing process.

On June 9th, the OMHRC will train past participants of BSP’s Health and Wellness program and members of the SEIU-USWW in hepatitis and HIV basics. The training will also include targeted community outreach strategies for workers to conduct additional workshops for their peers. The training seeks to engage a hard to reach population in accessing health education around two critical illnesses that affect millions each year.

More than 1.1 million people are affected by HIV each year with African American and Latinos among the highest of those affected. Hepatitis C affects more than 3 million people in the United States. In targeting community service workers, that include low-wage, immigrant janitors, BSP and the OMHRC hope to circumvent the lack of access to education, financial and linguistic barriers that leave many male workers at a disadvantage for early detection and treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C.

“The goal is to train the participants to become promotores, or advocates, in their communities,” says Executive Director of Building Skills Partnership, Aida Cardenas. “Promotores are at the heart of a peer to peer approach to health education, as they teach their fellow janitors and other workers what they have learned. As past participants of the Health and Wellness program, Promotores understand the culture, speak the same language, and are familiar with the needs of their communities.”


About Building Skills Partnership

The Building Skills Partnership is a 510(c)3 non-profit collaboration between SEIU-United Service Workers West, janitorial employers, building owners, and community leaders. BSP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage, property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation. (

About The Office of Minority Health Resource Center

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center, a nationwide service of the Office of Minority Health,  is a one-stop source for minority health literature, resources, research and referrals for consumers, community organizations and health professionals. As the nation’s largest repository of information on health issues specific to African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, the Resource Center offers a variety of information resources, from access to online document collections to database searches to customized responses to requests for information and assistance.(

About Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. (