KENNETT SQUARE, July 7, 2014 – La Comunidad Hispana and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia are working together on programs to benefit the Mexican community in Chester County.
“We are most happy with our partnership and we will continue to work with LCH, especially with the health programs they offer,” said Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales, consul of Mexico.
The most recent joint program came on June 18 when members of La Comunidad offered free blood pressure screening and a drug education program at the Mexican Consulate at the Bourse Building in Philadelphia.
La Communidad staff members Laura Gonzalez and Anel Medina presented the information on drug education to those in attendance at the consulate. Chris Bradford, the organization’s AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, and Lauren Murphy, a nursing student and volunteer at La Communidad, offered free blood pressure testing.
“Our affiliation with the Mexican Consulate is a wonderful partnership,” said Margarita Queralt Mirkil, president of La Comunidad. “Our cooperation means we can reach more of the community.”
The Mexican Consulate and La Communidad participate in joint events, including the annual “¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!” event in Kennett Square. This year the event will take place on Sept. 27. “¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!” takes place during Binational Health Week.
Last year LaCommunidad and the Mexican Consulate signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly work together to promote health services to Mexican nationals, their families and those of Mexican origin, according to a press release.
“This partnership is another step forward for LCH and our clients,” Mirkil said when the agreement was signed. “We are pleased to be working with the Mexican consulate on our mutual goal of providing the best health care possible.”
The memorandum states LCH “provides services for the well-being and support” to its clients and is known as a “leader in health issues and recognizes the importance of the binational association and collaboration with the United Mexican States.”
The objective of the memorandum is to provide and promote at the consulate quality bilingual, bicultural health care education and to disseminate health information through one-to-one education contacts. Also, the agreement calls for help with finding health insurance for help with finding health insurance for individuals and families, said a press release from La Comunidad.
La Comunidad Hispana was established in 1973 as a community-based nonprofit organization to help low income residents of southern Chester County to stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive lives by providing high-quality, culturally welcoming services.