Health Equity Navigation

Health Equity Navigation

Providing King County families with assistance enrolling and applying for different services pertaining to their health care and basic needs.

This program aims to strengthen access to health services for low-income immigrants, refugees, and limited English-speaking families across the Puget Sound area. As a partner in the King County HealthierHere Consortium, we work with State, Regional and local healthcare and social service providers to connect people with services. These include health care, crisis intervention, food, childcare, affordable housing, tenant rights, legal services, advocacy, education programs and more. El Centro de la Raza and the WA State Dept of Health ‘Care Connect’ Program is currently providing regional support to locate and enroll in appropriate public services that are needed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our navigation staff assess participants immediate needs, identify available programs and services, determine eligibility, assist with enrollment, and remain engaged through what are often lengthy and complicated procedures.  

Eligibility Requirement

  • King County Residents

Program Managers

Susan Banhegyi

Susan was born in Venezuela and believes in the importance of understanding the culture and providing information in both Spanish and English. She has over 30 years of experience as a Social Worker working primarily with the Latino community, with 20 of those years working with domestic violence victims. She volunteers her time as a shelter advocate, facilitator and trainer for domestic violence programs.

For more information or to get help, please contact Susan!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Health Equity Navigation?

This program supports participants who are in need of assistance with anything that cause health care concerns. This includes finding affordable medical services, lack of food or housing or any other concerns that could cause mental or physical disadvantages.

How long can I stay in the program?

Once you are considered stable and have been referred to the appropriate program or has received the service needed, then your case will be closed.

After my Case is closed can I still get help?

Absolutely! We always assist anyone as long as their needs are something that can be advocated for by a Health Equity Navigator.


Youth Cannabis and Tobacco Prevention

Youth Cannabis and Tobacco Prevention

Working to reduce the initiation and use of cannabis, commercial tobacco and Vape products by youth

The Youth Cannabis and Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program’s mission is to prevent initiation and reduce cannabis and commercial tobacco use by youth, ages 12-20, support adults who influence youth, leverage resources for promoting and supporting commercial tobacco dependence treatment for all ages, and to reduce cannabis and commercial tobacco-related inequities within Washington State.  We work closely with the Department of Health and the Liquor and Cannabis Board to provide current and relative information about Cannabis, Commercial Tobacco and Vape use. 

Program Managers

Ileana Lopez-Garakani

Ileana started her career in San Francisco as a Marketing Research Assistant for one of the first Latino Newspaper called “El Mensajero”. She eventually became the Product Manager and Newspaper Spokesperson and is proud that they are still in publication thanks to her contribution.  Ileana was then recruited by Sprint Communications as the Latina Representative for the Northern California Latino market. It has always been her passion to work with and represent our Latino contribution to our newfound country and our people within our communities.  She and her husband moved from the Bay Area to Seattle and ended up at her Beloved El Centor de la Raza. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is THC? 

THC is the abbreviation for “tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation.  It can be consumed by smoking cannabis or in other forms such as oils, edibles, tinctures, etc

What is CBD?

CBD is a Cannabis derived from the THC Plant. Many different stores are now selling products including delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC and CBD, or cannabidiol. These causes people to wonder whether these compounds are legal, if they are safe to consume and which of their advertised medicinal benefits hold up to scientific scrutiny.

How do I talk to my child about Cannabis use?

Parents can help protect kids against drug use by giving them the facts before they’re in a risky situation. This can make them less likely to experiment with drugs or to rely on friends for answers.


Senior Hub

Senior Hub

Nutritious lunch, social and educational activities as well as exercise classes for seniors age 55 and older.

Addresses emotional, physical, social, intellectual needs through nutrition and health education, nutritious daily congregate meals, a weekly grocery bag from our food bank, guest speakers, financial presentations, assistance with technology, recreational games like “Loteria” and more. Seniors take part in various social and educational activities daily and exercise classes are offered three times a week.

Eligibility Requirement

  • 55 years of age or older
  • Valid ID

Program Managers

Raquel Garcia, Senior Program Supervisor

Raquel, a dedicated professional with over 30 years of experience, is committed to serving and advocating for seniors, bringing bilingual and bicultural expertise from Tijuana, Mexico. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she seamlessly navigates between languages to bridge communication gaps and ensure her services reach a broad community. Raquel’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and understanding across cultural boundaries is a testament to her passion for fostering unity, marking her as a beacon of service with a track record of compassion and dedication to our Seniors.

Flor Gomez, Program Assistant

Flor holds a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College and has been working to benefit the Latino Community for over 30 years! In her spare time, Flor loves to travel and visit new countries.

Our Senior Program is open to walk ins with ID to verify age.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this program cost?

This program is free for qualified participants!


We provide free daily nutritious meals that meet one-third of the daily nutrition requirements for older adults in a congregate setting. Our Seniors, as a way of socialization, get to enjoy eating their nutritious meal with one another in our dining room 5 days a week from 11 AM to 12 PM.  We provide a weekly grocery bag from our food bank. We also provide essential nutrition and health education such as “Tomando Control de su Salud” workshops as part of the evidence based heal promotion program and the “Enhanced Fitness Program three times a week. Additionally, socialization activities such as ‘Loteria,’ karaoke, guest speakers, and financial presentations, are part of the wide range of services we offer, enhancing the overall quality of life of older adults.  


5 Days a week, 9AM – 3PM 


El Centro de la Raza’s Historic Building in Beacon Hill, North Entrance. 


The Senior Hub is dedicated to making a positive impact on our beloved seniors’ lives, offering a holistic approach to their well-being.


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Food Bank

Food Bank

Nourishing our community with culturally appropriate food

At El Centro de la Raza, we meet our community where the community needs us. Food insecurity is on the rise, especially for our elderly neighbors on fixed incomes as food prices continue to rise. Our food bank provides nutritious, emergency and supplemental food to low-income individuals and families in the Seattle area three days a week. We also have dedicated navigators on-site to assists people in securing food stamps and other non-emergency food resources. Our food bank is open to all. Many of our seniors consider coming to the food bank as a time to socialize and connect to their cultures through food.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Have a valid picture ID

Program Managers

Jason Li, Food Bank & Nutrition Program Manager

Jason has been with El Centro de la Raza since 2021 and enjoys working to help our community. He supervises our food and nutrition program and looks forward to continuing to learn about and serve our community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What days are you open?

Wednesdays we are open for Seniors only, Thursday & Friday we are open for everyone!

Can I come more than once per week.

Yes, you can come twice per week.

Do you offer baby supplies?

Occasionally we have baby supplies depending on availability.


Healthier Here Care Connect Navigator

Healthier Here Care Connect Navigator

Direct assistance for community members who have tested positive for Covid-19 and require assistance to isolate.

This program is to help connect with members of our community who have tested positive with Covid-19 and provide essential items which are crucial for participants to isolate safely. Our team provides one on one assistance with a Navigator to help them complete the Heathier Here Care Connect applications. We can also refer you to other helpful programs within El Centro De La Raza as well as outside agencies.

Eligibility RequirementS

  • Recently tested positive for Covid-19
  • Come into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19
  • Live in the greater Seattle area
  • Isolate at home while positive.

Program Managers

Johnny Gonzalez, Healthier Here Care Connect Navigator

Johnny Gonzalez has been a Seattle resident for nine years and loves living in the Pacific Northwest. His favorite part of his work is connecting with members of the community and working together to find them the resources they need.

Call to register with Healthier Here!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can multiple people in my household sign up to get help?

We can only provide assistance to one person per household.

Can I get this help if I get Covid-19 again in the future?

We can only provide this direct assistance once per individual.

Can I get help with food to isolate?

Registered participants may receive a complimentary food delivery.


César Chávez Demonstration Garden

Cesar Chaves Demo Garden

César Chávez Demonstration Garden

The César Chávez Demonstration Garden was established on the El Centro de la Raza Beacon Hill property on the west side of the historic building in the 1970s. The garden is maintained by volunteers through the King County Master Gardener Program, a branch of the Washington State University Demonstration Garden Program – there is one in every county in the state.

Our Master Gardeners provide a wide range of free advice and services to the community including Ask a Gardener sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, drop-in advice, and a two-weekend annual plant sale in May. They also provide diagnostic assistance for gardeners who are having problems with their soil or plants. This includes free lab work, if necessary, to determine the advice to be given.

Food harvested from our garden is provided to our on-site Food Bank and Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program. The Master Gardeners also host various workshops and hands-on planting and educational gardening experiences for over 300 students in our on-site early learning programs and after school program.

Using the on-site solar-powered greenhouse, the Master Gardeners grow marigolds for our Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda exhibit and event each year. Come check out the garden! Ask for Mick!