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.
“Mexicans’ health and wellbeing outside the borders is also a responsibility of Mexico” This was Dr. Cupertino’s opening statement when she was invested as an Honorary Visitor Professor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo ( UAEH ) as part of the 2014 International Seminar Series.
Dr. Cupertino considered an honor to be part of the highest educational institution in the State of Hidalgo. She stated “I humbly accept the opportunity to work in the international mission, strategy and vision of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo”.
She offered her full support and commitment to work with in the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo supporting the development of a binational research and education exchange program. A US-Mexico partnership has an immediate impact on the health of thousand immigrants residing in USA and states as Kansas. This is the reason why Dr. Cupertino dedicated the recognition to Mexican immigrants living and working in the US, who have limited access to health care services.
IN her remarks she stressed the importance of activities that integrates the vision of internationalization students from University Kansas Medical Center and Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
The award ceremony was held in the auditorium Nicolás Ruiz Licona at the Institute of Health Sciences (ICSA) . Dr Humberto Veras Godoy, Chancellor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo personally presented the Honorarium Professor Recognition.
Dr. Veras Godoy mentioned that the University aims to be internationally visible to strengthen knowledge of the academic areas , particularly health.
As a new honorary visitor professor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo; Dr. Cupertino will be adjunct to the ICSA – Institute of Health Sciences.
Dr. Cupertino was recognized along with 5 other US Honorarium Professors including, Dr. Debora Stipek – Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Professor of Education; Dr. Robert Kinscherff – Forensic and clinical psychologist and an attorney of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Professor Tracy K. Smith – Princeton University and Professor Jody Williams – Vermont University.
Since Dr. Cupertino became an Honorarium professor, she has facilitated the development of a binational research program on reproductive health among teenagers. She has also guided the international clinical rotation for a KUMC medical student and Children Mercy Hospital resident.
The ceremony counted with the attendance of the Director of the ICSA – Jose Ma . Bustos Villareal , International Development Secretary Roberto Rodriguez Garonne; Dean of Nursing and Academics – Pilar Vargas Escamilla and from the University Medical Center – Dr. Edward Ellerberk, Sosland and Chair of the Preventive and Public Health Department and Dr. Jacqueline Issa – cardiologist from Brazil
Juntos could not be successful without the help of our administrative staff. For Valentines Day we wanted to send them a little appreciation gift. KUMC Doctor’s notes did it for us by singing to them on this special day!
Thank you for all that you do Joanne, Marilyn, and Glenn!
Last December 13th and 14th , Mexican Consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud Móvil (Mobile Health Window) led by JUNTOS wrapped up the year with a great health fair in Garden City, KS. We’d like to acknowledge and thank all the volunteers, Promotoras de Salud from Liberal, Garden City, and Dodge City as well as Viva Saludable en Kansas for their partnership throughout the year.
Thanks to the Latino community around Kansas for allowing us to serve you!
In an effort to eliminate disparities in breast cancer among Latina women, Juntos and Viva Saludable en Kansas launched the A.M.I.G.A. program in January 2014; funded by the American Cancer Society and the National Football League. The program aims to decrease the incidence of breast cancer among Latina women by providing information about breast cancer (particularly breast physiology, screening, risk factors and prevention) and to encourage women to utilize free and/or low-cost breast cancer screening services available in the community.
The Promotoras de Salud that are participating in this effort are Catalina Reyes, Lucia Martinez, Norma Paredes, and Gloria Cortes. They are based at two safety net clinics serving a large proportion of Spanish-speaking Latinas in the Kansas City metro area, Duchesne Clinic and Cabot Westside Health Center. As Latina patients wait for their appointments, Promotoras reach out to them in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way. From palpable breast models to bright breast anatomy illustrations, Promotoras use different tools to explain the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection in one-on-one sessions where women feel comfortable to share thoughts and ask questions. Promotoras encourage women to talk to their providers about their breast health, discuss their risk factors, and the best screening tests for them. Overall, they work to empower women to take control of their own well-being.
The Promotoras de Salud are actively involved in their community and conduct outreach in different health fair events and at the Mexican Consulate every week. They also partner with several organizations to host breast cancer workshops where they share information on healthy lifestyles to prevent breast cancer, explain key concepts about cancer and refer women for free or low cost mammograms. Some of the community partners they have worked with include Westside CAN Center, Parents as Teachers program, Iglesia El Sagrado Corazon Guadalupe, and YMCA Wyandotte.
Besides tracking all their activities, planning events, and having weekly coaching meetings, Promotoras participate in monthly training sessions about different health topics in the Latino community. These sessions are also conducted in collaboration with KUMC and community partners such as Enroll Wyandotte, Alzheimer’s Association, KanCare, and Kansas Family Partnership.
In 2014, promotoras have provided breast cancer education to over 1,000 women and 180 have completed a mammogram.
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