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Hispanic Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County
Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County
Liliana Quintero, executive director of HLHCEC, said it seems like it was just yesterday when 300 local residents streamed into Roosevelt Elementary School at the organization's first sponsored health fair. She said, "We did not know what to expect and it was a thrill to see so many people care for their health and take part in the event." The second year was a greater success, with more than 800 participants filling the halls of Mary Beck Elementary School.She said she is remaining optimistic that this year's event, which is going to be held at Central High School Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will draw an even greater number of participants. Quintero enlisted the support of a wide range of health service providers. Quintero said that it is much more logical to offer as many services as possible on a single day so that local residents do not have to make multiple trips to various events that are held during different times of the year. Quintero, who offers her services to the community year-round, said it is enjoyable to do this kind of work.She said, "Hispanics like myself are unique, but we can be understood and that is what I enjoy doing.Liliana Quintero, director of the Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County, HLHCEC, and Gabriela Zarco and Veronica Garcia, volunteers for the HLHCEC, take a quick break from a health fair last year.
Liliana Quintero, Director of HLHCEC.
Meet the Director Liliana Quintero is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County (HLHCEC). Liliana holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University South Bend. Liliana is from Bogota, Colombia and came to the U.S. to complete her MBA at IUSB which she did in 2005. Liliana brings to HLHCEC a wealth of business knowledge which she has to help the HLHCEC grow into what it is today. In the past five years Liliana has managed to develop relationships with a majority of the health related organizations in Elkhart County and many state organizations. Liliana believes that everyone who serves the community should work as a team. When it comes to the community's needs there is no competition. The community comes first. Liliana tries her hardest not to replicate services that are already offered. A couple of things to note are that in 2006, under Liliana's direction, HLHCEC won the Coalition of the Year Award. This award is given to the top performing coalition every year by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition in Indianapolis. In addition, Liliana won the Unsung Latina Award from IUSB in 2006. In 2007 Liliana received the Hero award from the American Heart Association. Also, in 2007 Liliana received the Women of Service award from the YWCA. Liliana is passionate about removing the health disparities found in the Hispanic Community. She knows that the first steps are to convince the community that their health should be the most important thing on their minds.
Liliana Quintero Executive Director, Hispanic / Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County
"It was an incredible feeling," said Liliana Quintero, executive director of the Hispanic Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County and organizer of the event. "We were thankful to have served, including children, more than 1,400 community members," she said.As Quintero stood in the cafeteria, she declared the day a "Day of Health" in Elkhart County. She said she is beginning discussions with Mayor David Miller and will continue discussions with the incoming mayor to declare the second Saturday in every September the "Day of Health." Quintero said that with how busy people's lives are, "It felt good that more than 1,400 people took a day out of the year to consider what is so important (health.)"This is the third annual HLHCEC health fair organized by Quintero.Quintero said that she is very grateful to the Elkhart County Community Foundation for making this event possible.She said that without the foundation, "It would have been much more difficult to pull this off, as it was costly to organize and the budget was just not there."Quintero said she hopes that a foundation or corporation will step forward and fund next year's health fair. "It is such a great cause, in terms of awareness and early detection," she said. Quintero expressed a gratitude for the support from EGH. "They are truly serving the community and deserve recognition for it," she said.In addition, Quintero will complete a statistical analysis of the screening results, using them as a way to generate support for next year's event. In addition to the above mentioned survey an anonymous evaluation form was developed as a way to "continuously improve." More than 95 percent of the attendees rated the health fair as excellent."Although things were by no means perfectly executed, we were grateful that a vast majority of the attendees were happy with what they received and how they were treated during the event," Quintero said.Despite the fact that this health fair was tailored to the Hispanic community with more than 100 Hispanic speaking volunteers and translators, it was and will always be open to the entire community, Quintero said.
Liliana Quintero with the Hispanic Health Coalition says, "They don't have a place where they feel comfortable.