time: MGH celebrates fifth annual Latino Heritage month
Latino Heritage month kicked off at the MGH Sept. 15 with a celebration
featuring speakers, artwork, ethnic food and salsa dancing lessons.
The MGH community gathered in the O'Keeffe Auditorium to hear guest speakers
Marcela G. Del Carmen, MD, of MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology and
the Cancer Center, and Uri Berenguer-Ramos, the Spanish announcer for
the Red Sox who is currently the youngest announcer in the Major League.
Del Carmen spoke about the health care disparities affecting Latina women
and her community project at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, which
is designed to provide Latina women with an increased awareness for Pap
screenings to help diagnose cervical cancer. "Cervical cancer is
a preventable malignancy," said Del Carmen. "By educating the
community about regular Pap screenings and providing culturally competent
training to health providers, we can help decrease this health disparity
in the Latina population."
shared his perspective about his experience as a cancer survivor. At age
2, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in Panama and began treatment. At
age 3, Berenguer-Ramos and his mother left their home and family to receive
treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. While
neither one could speak English and Berenguer-Ramos did not have the opportunity
to grow up like other children, they managed to make a life in Boston.
Berenguer-Ramos now is cancer free. "No one in this world will hold
me back from accomplishing anything," he said.
Left, David Marquez of Police and Security
with Uri Berenguer-Ramos
celebration moved to the Bulfinch tent where there was a wide range of
ethnic foods. While MGHers drank tropical fruit drinks and dined on chips
and salsa, guacamole, empanadas and fried plantains, they enjoyed a Hispanic-inspired
art exhibit featuring work created by MGHers. The event ended as MGHers
learned to do the salsa with flair.
The event was sponsored by the Latino Heritage Planning Committee —
a volunteer committee of MGH employees from Training and Development,
the Multicultural Affairs Office, Medical Interpreter Services, Speech
Pathology, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, AMMP and the Treadwell Library.