BUILDING PILLAR: LESSONS IN COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION

Seeking to fill a gap in their community’s mental health care services, Manuel Sanchez and Arturo Diaz of the City of Laredo Health Department founded the non-profit mental health care and outreach center known as PILLAR (People with Ideas of Love, Liberty, Acceptance, and Respect). In 2009, a health department community mobilization effort to prevent HIV/AIDS revealed the huge need for counseling and mental health services as well as a safe haven for the LGBT population in Laredo and five years later PILLAR is still going strong, helping to fulfill that need.

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

Mobilize Media Partners and PILLAR created this 12-minute documentary to showcase PILLAR’s contribution to the Laredo community and to inspire others to engage in community mobilization as an effective method for addressing social health or other problems in their community.  This documentary is used on PILLAR’s website, at public health conferences where it reaches public health practitioners, and in the classroom.

TAKE ACTION

Visit PILLAR’s website.

Want to take a new approach to community-problem solving? Engage in community mobilization in your community with this step by step guide.