Promoting Health and Community in D.C.

Washington, D.C. suffers from more than one health crisis. And the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services in D.C. just happens to be a Latina. She tells Maria Hinojosa how her cultural dexterity can be an asset in a job that requires her to work across government departments, from law enforcement to housing to health access. They also discuss drug use and HIV, and how the city is tackling both of these problems.



C1_BBbiodcgovAppointed Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services by District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in February 2011, Beatriz “BB” Otero oversees ten health and human services city agencies responsible for the delivery of services to the district’s residents. Her office supports the Mayor in coordinating a comprehensive system of benefits, goods and services across multiple agencies to ensure that children, youth, and adults, with and without disabilities, can lead healthy, meaningful and productive lives.


Living On A Prayer

There are times in our lives so terrifying, so stressful, that the only thing we can do is throw our hands up and pray.

Carla Curiel was  6 months pregnant when she faced a medical emergency in the Dominican Republic. “The doctor said, ‘If we let nature run its course, your children will be born now and nobody in the Dominican Republic will be able to save your babies,’” says Curiel.

Curiel underwent a risky medical procedure to be able to race back to Miami before the babies were born. What got her through it? Faith, she says.

image1Carla Curiel is a Latina mom of 2-year-old twin girls, Emilia and Adriana, and the co-founder of Lanugo, a fictional Latino-inspired entertainment world that helps Mamás Latinas embrace and pass on the richness of the Hispanic culture to our niños. She is also the March Of Dimes Ambassador Family and Family Team Development Committee Chair for Miami-Dade/Monroe County


Corporate leaders become political movers and shakers all the time these days, but how many of them are Latino? Meet Sol Trujillo, a multimillionaire Wyoming-raised Mexican American telecommunications innovator who wants to improve the image of Latinos within the Republican Party and in the media.

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