Hispanic Heritage Month 2012
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month – a time in which to learn, honor and pay tribute to the achievements of Hispanics throughout history.
Video vignettes and accompanying articles on InfoScope will be posted throughout Hispanic Heritage Month to highlight some of the Hispanic and Latino members of the MCW community and the contributions they have made. The stories highlight MCW programs that improve the health of underserved populations (including Hispanic and Latino), offer these populations improved access to health care and education, and reduce health disparities.
National Hispanic Heritage Month was created to celebrate the cultures, histories and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Portugal, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Most heritage months take place within a particular calendar month, but Hispanic Heritage Month is held over parts of two months to incorporate significant dates within the Hispanic community:
Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua;
Sept. 16, the anniversary of Mexico’s independence;
Sept. 18, the anniversary of Chile’s independence;
Sept. 21, the anniversary of Belize’s independence;
Oct. 12, Columbus Day; Columbus Day celebrates the day in 1492 when Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus discovered America.
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Wanda M. Martinez MD PhD, Assistant Professor and Director, Ophthalmology Medical Student Education talks about how her family in Puerto Rico helped shape her dreams.
Sept. 27 - Medical student, Sarah Sanchez, Class of 2014, talks about growing up around medicine and her hopes for her future.
Jose Franco, MD, Professor of Medicine, explains why paying special attention to the cultural heritage of our patients, and coworkers, elevates the works we all do at MCW.
Sept. 25 - Carol Moreno Quinn, MD, PhD, Professor of Physiology, talks about coming from Spain to MCW, and what makes the College so special.
Oct. 04 - "Alicia Moore, in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, explains how her Cuban and African American heritage shaped her career and who she is today."
Eduardo Zambrano, MD, MS, Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman and Director of Anatomic Pathology at the Medical College talks about growing up in Ecuador and how he keeps connected to his home-land through his mission work at MCW.
Oct. 02 - Happy, healthy and candid, Carlos de la Pena, MD, MBA, who has recently returned from a stay treating non-life threatening cancer, sat down to discuss why culture, in many different ways, is so important to the vitality of the Medical College of Wisconsin.