Google + Hangout: Creating Health Miracles for Latino Kids

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“A child must know that he is a MIRACLE that has not existed since the beginning of the world, and that until the end of the world there will be no other child like him.” ~Pablo Casals

Historically, our community has been found to be less likely to have access to good care, be it due to language, socioeconomic barriers, lack of insurance and/or other factors. For these reasons, the trend has been that many of our children go without, or their parents have trouble accessing proper pediatric care. Many a times, they simply don’t know these services exist. That’s why I feel it is our duty to share information about organizations that work hard to serve the community. One of those amazing organizations the Children’s National Medical Center, a center that has been saving children’s lives for 140 years.

In the past couple of decades, their patient population has grown to be 18% Latino, their second largest demographic at the hospital. For this very reason, they have recently launched a new campaign called Milagros Para Niños” (Miracles for Children). The “Milagros” program aims to raise critical funds that will help cover uncompensated medical services, screenings, diagnostics and research programs for over 55,000 Latino children who get a chance to better their health at Children’s National each year. See the infographic below to get an idea of their impact, and please help them reach $150K to help 200K Latino children. Juntos, podemos hacer milagros. Together, we can make miracles.

The launch of “Milagros Para Niños,” is the perfect excuse for a conversation about our community’s most pressing health issues, improving access to good pediatric care and why ensuring our children’s health is so critical to the future of the country. So I have invited a couple of the project’s “Miracle Workers” to a Google+ Hangout this coming Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 1 pm ET, and you’re invited!

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GUESTS:

• Dr. Maria Acosta, Clinical Director at The Gilbert Family Center for Neurofibromatosis at Children’s National Medical Center

• Ashley Nolan, Assistant Director, Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s National Medical Center

• Eduardo Gil, Digital Content Strategy, Sensis Digital Agency

• Dr. George Ruiz, Cardiologist at Children’s National Medical Center

Come learn about their program, their upcoming fundraising breakfast in Washington, D.C., and how YOU can help thousands of Latino children get better pediatric care!

* Full disclosure: I’m part of the Milagros para Niños campaign committee.

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