Last month, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco presented the Ohtli Award to Dr. Xóchitl Castañeda, director of the Health Initiative of the Americas at Berkeley Public Health. The award, which is the highest honor given by the Mexican government to citizens living outside of Mexico, recognizes Castañeda’s leadership in transboundary initiatives to improve the health and quality of life of Latino immigrants in the United States.
A medical anthropologist by training,Dr. Castañeda has directed the Health Initiative of the Americas since 2001. This initiative, considered one of the world’s leading programs on health and migration, aims the multidisciplinary network of the University of California, Berkeley and partner institutions at improving the health of migrant populations in the United States.
Since 1996, the Mexican government has used the Ohtli Award to recognize its citizens who have dedicated their careers to creating cultural and professional paths for Mexico’s next generations. The word “ohtli” comes from the Nahuatl word for “pathway.” Past winners range from politicians to professional athletes, civil rights activists to NASA astronauts.
Through the Ohtli Award, the Mexican government recognizes Castañeda’s leadership and public health efforts on both sides of the US-Mexico border.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31