Alejandro Mendoza-Castillo, Manger of Latino Community Preparedness recently traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico for the 10th
annual Bi-National Health Week on behalf of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.
This was Castillo’s third time representing the Bay Area during Bi-National Health Week. This year’s conference had approximately 900 attendees, more than doubling last years’ attendance in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter set up information tables worked by Americorps members with information about all 15 chapter locations. Support was given by the Health Initiative of the Americas in a grant of 16 thousand dollars to help prevent the spread of H1N1 within the Latin American community.
During his time in Guanajuato, Castillo and Xochitl Castaneda, director of the Health Initiative of the Americas at the University of California, met with President and CEO of the Mexican Red Cross Daniel Goni Diaz. Castaneda shared his thoughts about collaborative efforts with the Bay Area Chapter in teaching disaster preparedness to migrants in the Bay Area in their native languages.
Many Bay Area partners participated in the event including Tiburcio Vasquez Health Centers and other various health clinics and health departments.
The opening program for the event was kicked off by first lady Margarita Zavala and Dr. Jose A. Cordova who presented the first H1N1 vaccine. Other events were held across the globe to commemorate Bi-National Health week in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua.