Martha Eliot Health Center
Latino Heritage Month
Each year, between September 15 and October 15, our nation observes Latino Heritage month, a time to celebrate the rich culture, achievements and contributions of the Latin American community. Martha Eliot Health Center recently celebrated Latino Heritage month in its own special way through music, dance, food, and more importantly, by recognizing one of its exemplary Latina employees.
During a special ceremony in the MEHC foyer, staff recognized world-renowned Latino achievers who have made a positive difference in the world such as music legend Carlos Santana, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and Ellen Ochoa, the world’s first Latina astronaut. Ambulatory Service Representative Carol L. Leggett, a registered poet with the International Library of Poetry, recited Martha's Cry, a poem she wrote specifically for the celebration. Local music group, Grupo Chevere, provided entertainment, while staff enjoyed a delicious Latin-American themed lunch.
In addition, Ramonita Pedrogo, RN, presented Heidi Peña with a Latino Achiever Award. Peña has been with Martha Eliot for 3 years. She started her position as a Medical Assistant, and now serves as a family planner and HIV counselor. "Heidi is always willing to lend a helping hand with no questions asked," said Pedrogo. "She takes it upon herself to help others out, without needing to be asked in the Women’s Health, Adolescents and HIV programs."
|Carol L. Leggett, ASR II|
|Juan Ticona, ASR II|
|Nafisa Osman, administrative associate, level 4|
|Ramonita Pedrogo with award winner, Heidi Peña, family planner|
|Yndia Lorick-Wilmot, PhD, research grant specialist|
|Elvira Pentella, ambulatory service rep III (ASRIII)|
|Evelyn Rue, practice assistant|
|MEHC Director Jim Cote, Latino Heritage Award Winner, Heidi Peña, and Ramonita Pedrogo|