Can Cell Phones Improve Latinas’ Health?

More than 1,000 women in Fresno County receive text messages in Spanish every few days that offer referrals for affordable healthcare, domestic violence services, legal tips, and affirmations, courtesy of the Únete Latina project. According to Alejandra Olguin, who has led the project that launched late last year, “Immigrant women experience a palpable fear every single day. Whether it’s driving their children to school without a license or being asked for their Social Security number at a clinic, there’s fear about being involved in anything that seems ‘official,’ including our text messaging program." Despite some skepticism, women have been signing up for this program in part by encouragement from dozens of Fresno residents who have worked with Olguin and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to design and run the project.

Read more about Únete Latina's impact on women in Fresno County in this article. For more information about the program or to sign up, visit