End of the Year Celebration

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End of the Year Celebration

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On Thursday, December 12th, Juntos said goodbye to the passing year with an end of the year celebration to look back on the many accomplishments of 2013, announce some of the upcoming projects for 2014, and recognize the help of four individuals who are crucial to achieving the Juntos mission.

The celebration commenced with a welcome from Dr. Cupertino, the Director of Juntos. As she thanked the audience for sharing this moment with Juntos, she took the opportunity to highlight some of the achievements that were made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Juntos team.  With her eye on the future, she revealed some of the plans for 2014, including the Ventanilla de Salud Pediatrics, Latino Health Summit, and the Bike Rodeo Health Fair.

Before moving on to closing remarks, Dr. Cupertino took the time to acknowledge four very important people for their outstanding and ongoing contribution to making the Juntos mission a success.

Aracely Van Kirk, the Ventanilla de Salud Coordinator, has extensively referred our Ventanilla de Salud mobile participants to local safety net clinics and continuously arranged events for the Juntos staff at the Mexican Consulate. Although Ms. Van Kirk was unable to attend the event, Lourdes Orestano accepted the award in her place.

Dr. Edward Ellerbeck, the Chair of the Department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health, has continued to provide his medical service at Juntos community health fairs throughout the year and endlessly committed his hours to various Juntos events and projects that benefit Latinos throughout the state of Kansas.

Maria Guidelia Rangel Gomez, the Coordinator for Migrant Health Affairs and the Mexico Minister of Health, has continued to blaze the trail as we expand the Ventanilla de Salud programs. She has also collaborated with Juntos to develop the bi-national programs with organizations in Mexico and Kansas.   Although Ms. Rangel Gomez was unable to attend the ceremony, Ramiro Diaz accepted the award in her place.

Lastly, but by no means no less important, Ramon Murguia, the Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, has unceasingly supported Juntos through his contributions to the Juntos Interns’ Educational Fund and consistently committed to increase the presence of Latino healthcare professionals.

At the conclusion of the award recognition, Dr. Cupertino once again thanked everyone present and Ventanilla de Salud, la Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, la Secretaria de Salud, El Centro Inc., and Viva Saludable en Kansas, and wished everyone Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year.

By Andros Garcia Saldivar

Public Media Manager/Seasonal Consultant

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