September 26, 2008
The MGH celebrates Latino Heritage Month

This October, the MGH will celebrate and recognize the many contributions of its Latino employees during Latino Heritage Month. The festivities are hosted by the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO), the MGH Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) and the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP). Below is a schedule of events.

"The Joint Commission Safe Hand-Offs: A National Patient Safety Goal"
Presented by Claribel D’az, RN, BSN; Yulhader Revere, RN, BSN; and Joanne Empoliti, APRN, MSN, this presentation will take place Oct. 2, from noon to 1 pm in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.

Screening of the film "Becoming American"
This documentary film will be shown as part of the PBS series "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 pm in the Thier Conference Room. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Byron García, MD, of MGH Psychiatry, and Enrique Caballero, director of the Latino Diabetes Initiative at the Joslin Diabetes Center. To register, e-mail

"Ra’ces y Patria, Hacia un Pueblo Nuevo/Roots and  Motherland Toward a New Nation"
On Oct. 9, from noon to 1 pm in the Yawkey Center, Room 2210, AMMP will host "Raíces y Patria, Hacia un Pueblo Nuevo/Roots and Motherland Toward a New Nation" with guest speaker José Massó, producer and host of the WBUR radio program "¡Con Salsa!" and co-founder and president of the Latino Leadership Institute. The presentation will examine music and culture as a guide to the development of Latino leadership.

Ernesto González Award presentation
  The Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community will be presented Oct. 14, from 5 to 7 pm in the Thier Conference Room. The award recognizes MGH employees who have made significant contributions to improving the experience of Latino patients, families, visitors and/or hospital employees as well as the community at large and is named in honor of its first recipient, Ernesto González, MD, of MGH Dermatology. The ceremony also will include a presentation of "Testimonios Afropuertoriqueños/AfroPuerto Rican Testimonies," an oral history project from the west side of Puerto Rico featuring testimony by González. To submit a nomination for the award, contact Digna Gerena at All nominations are due by Oct. 2.

For more information about these events, contact Gerena at (617) 726-5741 or

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