Dr. Cecilia Rosales, associate dean of Phoenix Programs and professor of public health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and fellow members of the advisory board for the National Ventanillas de Salud (Health Windows) program, received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government for improving the quality of life for low-income and immigrant Mexican populations in the United States by improving access to basic preventative health services.
[Photo: Dr. Cecilia Rosales (center) and advisory board members of the Ventanillas de Salud program, receives Ohtli Award at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego, California in November.]
The Ohtli award is given to individuals and organizations who have aided, empowered or positively affected the lives of Mexican nationals in the U.S. and other countries. It is the highest recognition granted by the Mexican Government outside of Mexico. The ceremony was held at the Mexican Consulate in San Diego, California in November.
Funded by the Mexican Government, Ventanillas de Salud (VDS) has been providing free preventative health services to people who don’t have health insurance and difficulty in accessing health services through the Mobile Health Unit program. The program launched in 2016 and currently there are 11 Mobile Health Units located in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh and Tucson.
Dr. Rosales is director of the Mobile Health Unit program in Maricopa and Pima counties, calling it an invaluable asset and a mechanism for reaching a large population of uninsured and underinsured residents that are unaware and uninformed about services available to them.
“As a U.S.-Mexico border state and a border region with a high concentration of Latinos, it is important to work towards increasing access to care, health information, health education and referral services, to build a culture of health and healthy communities,” Dr. Rosales said.
The nine members of the VDS advisory board are specialists and leaders in health care and migrant health, representing different government, academic, private, and international organizations with expertise in public health to guide the implementation of the VDS program.
Learn more about Ventanillas de Salud.