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Arturo Ponce: OHTLI Award 2015 recipient
Arturo Ponce, Coordinator of Ventanilla de Salud (Mobile Health Window) in SW Kansas, was recognized for his years of work and success in helping the Latino and Mexican communities throughout South West Kansas region. He is also a food engineer, has led initiatives in the defense and dissemination of labor rights for the meat sector workers in the same region.
The Ventanillas de Salud (VDS)” is a bi-national program created by JUNTOS Center for advancing for Latino Health as a part of the Preventive Medicine Department of the Medical Center and the Mexican government over a decade ago to support the health needs of its citizens abroad. Mr. Ponce also collaborates as an ACA Navigator with the United Methodist Mexican American Ministries.
The Ohtli Award was conceived to recognize and honor Mexican, Mexican-American or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the wellbeing, prosperity and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. Ohtli is a náhuatl word that means “pathway”, or camino in Spanish.
The Institute for Mexicans Abroad, part of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, annually grants the Ohtli Award, which consists of a medal, a silver rosette, and a diploma. This acknowledgment honors people who have dedicated most of their lives and career to “blazing a trail” abroad for younger generations of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans as they strive to achieve their dreams.
This Award is one of the highest and very limited distinctions given by the Government of Mexico to distinguished individuals of Mexican or Latino origin.
The Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City held this ceremony on May 7th, 2015 at the KCP&L Corporate Headquarters Energy Center.
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