September 15 through October 15, 2017 is Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration that recognizes Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. At Cambia, we celebrate the strengths in our community by supporting organizations and initiatives that celebrate diversity, and maintaining a diverse workforce.
Cambia employee Carmen Perezchica shared why celebrating this month Hispanic Heritage Month is special to her, saying, “Celebrating this month is an opportunity to share the Hispanic and Latino American history of our ancestors and our contributions to this great nation.” At Cambia, we are proud to partner with Hispanic and Latino American organizations and support community initiatives throughout the year, including:
Through a partnership with the American Heart Association, we hosted a day-long workshop in June focused on educating Hispanic women about their heart health. This was the first year that the workshop was hosted in Portland and the event was a great success.
We have been a long-time supporter of Familias en Accion, an organization focused on promoting empowerment and holistic family well-being for Latinos through compassion, community engagement, education, research and advocacy for social change. The Cambia Health Foundation has also partnered with Familias en Acción, providing grants for projects such as increasing breast cancer screening rates among Latinas in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, and to shape policy that removes barriers to care for Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cambia sponsored this year’s Latino Network Noche Bella (Beautiful Night) gala, an annual celebration of the accomplishments the Latino community has made in Portland. Noche Bella raises money to support Latino youth and families throughout the entire state of Oregon. Last year, Latino Network supported over 6,700 youth and families.
In town for the 46th annual LPGA Portland Classic, four-time Portland Classic champion Nancy Lopez visited our offices on Aug. 29 to speak to Cambia’s Women’s Employee Leadership Lab (WELL), one of Cambia’s Employee Resource Groups. She shared her story with employees on her humble upbringing and using her identity as motivation. “There weren’t a lot of opportunities for Hispanics,” said Nancy. Her father pushed her to persevere and told her “You can be whatever you want to.” Nancy did just that, by setting an example for the Hispanic and Latino communities. Read the full blog post here.
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