Content Warning: Contains information on sexual abuse.Growing up, I thought of health as solely related to physical health–a healthy heart, healthy eyes, and a healthy body in general. My family–a mix of people who immigrated from Mexico, and those born here, like myself–never talked about depression, anxiety, stress, or poor self-esteem as health concerns that […]
No Health Justice without Language Justice
Ever since I can remember, I have been providing English interpretation and translation for my parents, who are monolingual Spanish speakers. Without other options, my parents were forced to rely on me to help them communicate, not just at grocery stores or school functions, but also as they tried to navigate more serious things like doctors appointments. As young as age 10, I can remember specifically providing interpretation for my parents and younger siblings at our family clinic for our routine check-ups.
Growing up, and being the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, I always thought this was normal. I thought of it like a debt I needed to pay for the advantages of being a first generation U.S. American. But I also remember feeling very alone in my experience. I thought that only my parents struggled to communicate, and that made me think of my family as the problem.
Hierarchies of suffering divide us
Hundreds of years after the creation of whiteness in the United States, the 1%–elite whites who are accumulating mass amounts of wealth on our backs–are still banking on us not seeing our shared struggles. They are counting on me, as a white person, to continue to focus on the suffering of others instead of recognizing my own stake in this fight.
Building Our Base of Leaders
We’ve been knocking on doors, setting up one-to-one conversations, and have met with more than 500 people, as we build our base of leaders.
And Now You Know: Rayna Hetlage hears from health care providers
Rayna Hetlage, Senior Policy Manager at Center for Health Progress, speaks with Irene Jaw, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and Dr. Aline Hansen-Guzman, about how HB22-1289, Cover All Coloradans, would benefit many of their patients, as well as their role in advocating for health care as a human right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB6ER91Btqo If you’re a health care professional who’d […]