Quirarte granted national scholarship

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Each year the National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc. accepts applications for the Migrant Health Scholarship Award. This award is presented to employees or board members of community/migrant health centers.

Winters Healthcare is proud to announce that their very own Promotores Coordinator, Leticia Quirarte, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to individuals who are furthering their education and are dedicated to improving the lives of agricultural workers in the United States. The committee selected Leticia based on several criteria including applicability of educational goals to migrant health, financial need, length of service in the migrant health field, farmworker status, personal statement, and letters of reference.

The selection committee used the following excerpt from Leticia’s personal statement when considering her for this year’s award:

“As a certified enrollment counselor and the lead coordinator for the Promotores program, I enjoy my time spent at the migrant health centers as it allows me to remain connected to those families and determining what their needs are.”

The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services, training and technical assistance, and a variety of products to community and migrant health centers nationwide, as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.

Leticia’s role as the Promotores Coordinator, started well before she became part of the inaugural group of promotora’s trained by Vision y Compromiso for Winters Healthcare 11 years ago. She grew up in Mexico, the daughter of an agricultural worker. She migrated to the United States with her husband and began volunteering in the communities in which they lived including Winters.

Through her work in the schools and church she gained greater insight and knowledge into the needs of the agricultural workers around her. Besides her work at Winters Healthcare and St. Anthony’s church, she has also been a long-time member of the City of Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee and is currently serving as its president.

Leticia is the Promotores Coordinator for Winters Healthcare, is a Certified Enrollment Counselor and provides many types of assistance on a weekly basis to those living in Winters as well as the Madison Migrant Center through the harvest season.

“Leticia is compassionate and truly dedicated to her community. We value her commitment to our mission and her passion to help our patients and community members.” says Winters Healthcare Executive Director Chris Kelsch. “She is completely deserving and we are thrilled that she received this scholarship.” Leticia will be using this scholarship to get a certification in occupational health for agricultural workers from the University of Zacatecas and UC Berkeley.

 

   Winters Healthcare is an FQHC (a Federally Qualified Health Center) in Winters. They provide comprehensive healthcare services to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.

 

 

 

 

 

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