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June 09, 2006 - Clínica Tepeyac Announces Future at 'Fiesta on the Plaza' Fundraiser

What: Clínica Tepeyac's Fiesta on the Plaza Fundraiser

Where: Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

When: June 9, 2006

Beneficiary: La Clínica Tepeyac

Honoree(s): 2006 Jim and Gloria García Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service - Dr. Debra Bislip, MD and the 2006 Community Partner Award - Caring for Colorado

Presenting Sponsor(s): Great-West, HealthONE North Suburban Medical Center, and Mexicana Airlines

Co-Chair(s): Honorary Co-Chairs: Nolbert Chavez and Judy Montero, Fiesta Co-Chairs: Yolanda Ortega and Lucille Ruibal, Dinner Chair: Donna Goldin

Executive Director: David Lack

Committee Members: Sherry Edmond, Jim García, Gloria Padilla de García, Dick Heiney, Stephanie Hernandez, David Lack, Jeff Martinez, Jesse Ogas, Brenda Vasquez, and Maya Vigil

Staff: Executive Assistant Sherry Edmond, Development Coordinator Maya Vigil, Accountant Rebecca Schonebaum, Controller Sherri Casas, Reach & Teach Program Specialist Cecilia Apodaca, Promotora de Salud Araceli Tornero, Clinic Manager Oswaldo Lozano, Medical Assistant Nancy Elizondo, Health Navigator Herminia Arambula, Referral Assistant Claudia Parra, Clinic Receptionist Delia Gonzalez, Physicians Assistant Amy Hansen, Intern Stefan Reyes

Sponsors: Media Sponsor: Univision Colorado; Kickoff Sponsor: American Family Insurance; Maya Sponsors: Affiliated Computer Systems, Kiewit Construction, and Mile High United Way; Inca Sponsors: Caring for Colorado Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, D.C. General, Dick Heiney, eLoyalty Coporation, Excelcomm Commercial Advisors, FileNet Corporation, First Data Health Services, Health Center at Auraria, Holland & Hart, St. Anthony Hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, TeleTech, WellsFargo Bank

Board of Directors: President Jim Garcia, Vice President Yolanda Ortega, Treasurer Rolla "Mac" Bryant, Secretary Donna Goldin, Past President Brenda Vasquez; Members: Mario Carrera, Beth Elland, Steve Gutierrez, Michelle Marlowe, Vernon Naake, MD, Jesse Ogas, Lucille Ruibal, Nancy Sneath, MSW, LCSW, and Carlos Vera, MD

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Sara Almerri, Representative Joe Judd, and Nancy Sneath, with HealthONE North Suburban, the Presenting Sponsor
Sara Almerri, Representative Joe Judd, and Nancy Sneath, with HealthONE North Suburban, the Presenting Sponsor

Chelsea Wyatt

2006 is certainly a year to celebrate for Clínica Tepeyac! And celebrate they did, at their biggest fundraiser of the year, their "Fiesta on the Plaza" event. While the summer rain drizzled outside, supporters of La Clínica Tepeyac enjoyed the evening at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. This year marked the inauguration of Clínica Tepeyac first on-line newsletter, a very exciting nonprofit mile-marker. They have come a long way in the past twelve years. In 1995, Clínica Tepeyac opened with one part-time staff person and plenty of volunteers, an outdated computer and a tiny renovated north Denver bungalow. Jim García, President of Clínica Tepeyac, says that they literally operated on "a hope and a prayer." Since their modest beginnings, Clínica Tepeyac has developed extremely rapidly, serving double the patients they served the past year almost every year. The need for La Clínica Tepeyac in the community is so large, that one of the great announcements on June 10th was an addition of a new medical office. While this expansion has been expected for months, the first formal announcement happened at La Clínica's "Fiesta on the Plaza." The celebration of the evening and the year's accomplishments was capped by a special performance by actor, composer and community activist Daniel Valdez. Daniel performed many of the songs he's written over his impressive career, which spans four decades. The evening also featured a sprawling silent auction outside the main event venue, with dozens of artists from all over Colorado and many wines, foods, and even items for pets. It truly was an event for the whole family. Awards were presented to Dr. Debra Bislip, MD for the2006 Jim and Gloria García Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and Caring for Colorado, received the 2006 Community Partner Award. A barrage of color met all of the entrants at the door, and as they checked in, each passed La Clínica Tepeyac's signature painting of a Latino-Hispanic family holding their sun out to get his heartbeat measured by a nurse's stethoscope. The heartbeat of La Clínica Tepeyac is alive and very well. La Clínica Tepeyac began when the patrons of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church saw a need for health services in its community. The Church worked with the Colorado Action for Healthy People to put together a needs assessment. This assessment confirmed the Church's belief that there was a great need for more effective health care in Denver. Although there were services for the underserved in the area, there were still unmet health needs for their community. One of the main things lacking was an organization that provided culturally and linguistically competent health services. This presented huge barrier to care for the Latino-Hispanic community. Underserved clients also had to wait for several weeks for an appointment at local health centers. La Clínica has filled the void for the Latino/Hispanic community, offering services three evenings out of the week and all day Saturday. The clinic provides preventative care, chronic care, women's pap and annual exams through the Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative and limited prescription services. They do all this for only $5 a visit, with lab fees not exceeding $30. La Clínica even arranges payment if it cannot be made. To make their contribution to the community in the most needed area possible, La Clínica only services the uninsured. For specialty and inpatient services La Clínica refers clients to Denver Health, St. Anthony's, and St. Joseph's, which all offer reduced fee programs for uninsured patients. La Clínica also provides clients with vouchers for discounted prescriptions at King Soopers and Safeway. Health education is also a key component in La Clínica's mission to provide outreach and education as well as adult and pediatric care. They spread the message of cancer prevention among Latina women with help from both the Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Today, the community outreach program has also expanded to include information on the prevention of both alcohol abuse and the spread of HIV and AIDS. La Clínica also sponsors a diabetes education program with volunteer educations. Lastly, Nuestros Milagros (Our Miracles) outreach program focuses on teen pregnancy and drug use intervention. This program also has a peer education component. Clearly, La Clínica Tepeyac has achieved monumental things and provided a service greatly lacking in our community. Nonprofits like La Clínica prove what an amazing contribution people can make if they come together for a cause. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church had a clear vision and saw it through, adding to the lives of Denver people as it went. There will be great things coming from La Clínica Tepeyac in the future.

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