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March 30, 2017


Host: José Cárdenas

Ganaz Apparel

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  • A young Phoenix dreamer starts an active wear company that is a mix of culture and gym lifestyle.
Category: Community   |   Keywords: Active Wear, Business Startup, Mexican Culture, Exercise ,

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JOSE CARDENAS: A YOUNG PHOENIX DREAMER IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN HER COMMUNITY INFUSING HER MEXICAN ROOTS IN HER EVERYDAY ROUTINE. VIDEOGRAPHER LANGSTON FIELDS AND PRODUCER MARIA PORTILLO TELL US HOW.
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FOR CARLA, EXERCISE IS AN ESCAPE AND SHE STARTED IT AS AN OUT SIDER ATTENDING CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS.

I WOULD SEE PEOPLE ROCKING THE AMERICAN FLAG WHICH IS ALL COOL BUT ALSO LIKE HOW DO I BRING MYSELF INTO THIS SPACE? HOW DO I BRING MY COMMUNITY INTO A PLACE WHERE IF IS VERY ANGLO?

SHE IS A DREAMER. THE DAUGHTER OF UNDOCUMENTED PARENTS WHO GREW UP FEELING A PART OF TWO CULTURES.

I CAME AT A THE U.S. WHEN I WAS SEVEN. I GREW UP IN A FAMILY ANGLO NEIGHBORHOOD. I KNEW I WAS UNDOCUMENTED BUT DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT. I WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE AND THEN I FIGURED AND FOUND OUT I WAS BEING PRICED OUT.

Reporter: COLLEGE WASN'T AN OPTION BUT SHE HAD EXERCISE. HAVING TAKEN A DESIGN CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL SHE FUSED DESIGNING AND FITNESS AND STARTED AN EXERCISE APPAREL BRAND.

WHAT CAN WE START THAT WE COULD USE A POSITIVE CULTURE TO INFLUENCE SORT OF, LIKE, OUR CULTURE? LIKE THE LATINO BACKGROUND. AND TO BELIEVE ABLE TO SHOW THEM THAT HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS NOT JUST THIS STEREOTYPE OF BEING SKINNY OR THIS OR THAT.

Reporter: SHE WANTS TO PROMOTE FITNESS IN HER COMMUNITY. NOT JUST SELL SHIRTS. THIS LONG TIME CUSTOMER THINGS THIS BRAND DOES JUST THAT.

TWO CULTURES THAT DON'T MIX WELL. THERE IS NOT JUST PHOBIA ABOUT HURTING YOURSELF. MY MOTHER IS LIKE WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU LOOK SKINNY AND EAT MORE? I THINK THIS BRAND BRINGS BOTH CULTURES INTO ONE. IT LIKE, I DON'T KNOW, IT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK I CAN REALLY RELATE TO.

GOALS, MEXICAN FOOD AND OLD ENGLISH FONTS WITH THE DESIGN THAT MAKE IT AND THE NAME IS REPRESENTATIVE ITSELF.

THE NAME MEANS GIVE IT YOUR ALL, GIVE IT WHAT YOU HAVE AND WAY -- WEARING IT AND BEING PROUD IN SPACES THAT MAY NOT BE INCLUSIVE.

Reporter: SHE HOPES TO KEEP EMPOWERING THE MEXICAN-COMMUNITY WITH HER BRAND.

I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A BRAND THAT EMBODIES YOU NEED TO KEEP PUSHING AND GOING NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD. YOU NEED TO HAVE THAT STRENGTH AND NOT ONLY PHYSICAL STRENGTH BUT MENTAL STRENGTH.

CARLA HOPES TO CONTINUE THE APPAREL LINE AND PLANS TO MAKE MOBILE GYMS PROVIDING EDUCATION ABOUT HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR UNDERPRIVILGED COMMUNITIES. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT “GANAZ” GO TO THEIR WEBSITE GANAZAPPAREL.COM.
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Mexico Funding U.S Consulate Offices

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  • The Mexican government is setting aside money for its Consulate offices in the U.S. The money is to be used to help immigrants with legal assistance. Claudi Franco Hijuelos, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix talks about the funding.
Guests:
  • Claudia Franco Hijuelo - The Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix
Category: Immigration   |   Keywords: Illegal Immigration, Mexico, Trump Administration, Immigration, The Consul General of Mexico ,

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JOSE CARDENAS: GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO HORIZONTE. I'M JOSÉ CÁRDENAS. WE'LL TALK TO THE CONSUL GENERAL OF MEXICO IN PHOENIX ABOUT EFFORTS TO HELP IMMIGRANTS BY PROVIDING LEGAL ASSISTANCE.

YOU NEED TO HAVE THAT STRENGTH.

JOSE CARDENAS: A VALLEY DREAMER STARTS AN ACTIVE WEAR COMPANY THAT'S A MIX OF CULTURE AND GYM LIFESTYLE. AND FIND OUT ABOUT AN ORGANIZATION PROVIDING FREE HEALTHCARE TO THE UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED IN THE VALLEY. ALL THIS COMING UP NEXT ON ”HORIZONTE”. "HORIZONTE" IS MADE POSSIBLE BY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE FRIENDS OF ARIZONA PBS, MEMBERS OF YOUR PBS STATION. THANK YOU.

JOSE CARDENAS: PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN VERY VOCAL ABOUT ITS EFFORTS TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IS SETTING ASIDE 50 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ITS CONSULATES IN THE U-S. THE MONEY IS TO BE USED TO HELP DEFEND IMMIGRANTS. JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT THIS IS CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS, THE CONSUL GENERAL OF MEXICO IN PHOENIX. CONSUL FRANCO, WELCOME TO "HORIZONTE." AS I UNDERSTAND, THE MEXICAN CONSULENT ALREADY PROVIDES A VARIETY OF LEGAL SERVICES TO MEXICAN NATIONAL SERVICES BUT WHAT DOES THE NEW PROGRAM DO THAT WASN'T PROVIDED BEFORE?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: IT IS AN INTENSIFICATION OF OUR EFFORTS AND OUTREACH EFFORTS THAT ARE NEW. WE ARE ALSO EXPANDING OUR WORKING HOURS. WE HAVE A NEW 24/7, CALL CENTER. SO IT IS REALLY EMPHASIZING WHAT WE THINK IS WORKING IN TRYING TO GET INFORMATION OUT TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING THEIR RIGHTS AND ALSO PROVIDING THEM THE SERVICES THEY MIGHT NEED IN CASE THEY WERE DEPORTED JUST FOR THEM TO HAVE A PLAN.

Jose: HAVE YOU SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE DEMAND FOR LEGAL CONSULTATION SINCE THE ELECTION?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: WE HAVE. WE BELIEVE IT IS A RESULT, OF COURSE, OF THE NEW MIGRATION POLICY IN PLACE BUT ALSO IT IS A RESULT OF OUR OWN OUTREACH EFFORTS IN TRYING TO TELL THE COMMUNITY THEY SHOULD BE PREPARED, THERE IS A NUMBER OF THINGS THEY CAN DO IN CASE, JUST IN CASE DEPORTATION COMES.

Jose: AS I UNDERSTAND IT, AND FOCUSING ON THESE KINDS OF ISSUES FOR THE MOMENT, IT IS NOT JUST SAYING HOW YOU DEAL WITH AN IMMIGRATION ISSUE. IT IS -- YOU ARE ALSO GIVING THEM PRACTICAL ADVICE ON PREPARING FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS IN CASE THEY ARE DEPORTED.

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: WE ALSO PROVIDE A DIAGNOSTIC ABOUT THEIR MIGRATORY SITUATION. WE PROVIDE MIGRATION PLANS AND THERE MAY BE OPTIONS OTHER THAN DEPORTATION IF ONLY THEY TOOK THE NECESSARY STEPS IN TALKING TO A LAWYER AND EXPLAINING THEIR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES. PART OF THE REINFORCED EFFORTS WE ARE UNDERTAKING IS NOT JUST GUIDING THEM TO THE PROPER RESOURCES, FOR INFORMATION, BUT ALSO HAVING LAWYERS IN PLACE AT THE CONSULATE SO THEY CAN CONSULT DIRECTLY AND TAKE IT FROM THERE.

Jose: A NUMBER OF THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN BORN IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WILL THEY RECEIVE ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR CHILDREN?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT POINT. REGARDING CHILDREN, YOU KNOW, THERE IS SOME MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES FOR OVER 15-20 YEARS AND NAY HAVE U.S.-BORN CHILDREN. IN THE EVENT OF A DEPORTATION, THOSE CHILDREN WOULD HAVE A U.S. NATIONALITY AND BE REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS EVENTUALLY. BUT THAT LEAD TIME BETWEEN THE DEPORTATION OF THE CHILD AND WHEN THE REUNIFICATION COMES WOULD BE MUCH SHORTER IF THE PARENTS CAME TO THE CONSULATE AND REGISTERED THEIR CHILDREN AS MEXICAN CITIZENS ALSO. THEY CAN DO THAT. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF DUAL NATIONALITY. THERE IS NO COST IN DOING IT. TE SERVICE IS FREE. IT IS A QUESTION OF HAVING THE PROPER PAPERWORK. THEY CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT THROUGH THE NET INTERNET, CALL THE 24 HOUR NUMBER OR STEP INTO THE CONSULATE AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO PROCESS THE CASE ON THE SAME DAY.

Jose: YOU ARE REFERRING TO THE 24 HOUR NUMBER AND WE HAVE A NUMBER ON THE SCREEN. THAT IS A HOT LINE THAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AND IT IS OPERATED OUT OF TUCSON?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: YES, IT IS. IT IS NOT NEW. IT IS A CALL CENTER THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS BUT WHAT WE ARE SEEING AND WHAT IS NEW IS THE OPERATING HOURS. THOSE WERE MORE LIMITED AND NOW IS 24/7 LIKE I SAID. THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR GUIDANCE AND FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE RIGHTS. THEY CAN GET INFORMATION ABOUT RIGHTS THERE. THEY CAN GET INFORMATION ABOUT OUR OWN WORKSHOPS FOR THE DIFFERENT TOPICS THAT MIGHT INTEREST THEM. YOU ASKED ABOUT AND I DIDN'T ANSWER ABOUT GETTING READY IN TERMS OF THE PROPERTY AND CAPITOL IF THEY HAVE MONEY THEY NEED TO TRANSFER TO MEXICO AND HOW CAN THEY GO ABOUT OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT IN MEXICO AND SEE WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE. SO THIS IS, YOU KNOW, A WHOLE RANGE OF SERVICES THAT WE ARE UNDERTAKING THAT INCLUDE LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR SOME CASES, NOT FOR ALL CASES. AND WE ARE EMPHASIZING THOSE CASES FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION THAT MIGHT HELP US ESTABLISH A PRECEDENT IN REGARDS TO DUE PROCESS, FOR EXAMPLE. EVEN IF NATIONALS HERE WERE UNDOCUMENTED, THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND WE WORK WITHIN THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THEM TO KNOW WHAT ARE THEIR OPTIONS AND DECIDE.

Jose: AND THE SCOPE INCLUDES WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY. OTHER KINDS OF ISSUES THAT ARE COVERED IN THESE? AS I UNDERSTAND, IT IS NOT JUST PEOPLE COMING TO THE CONSULATE BUT YOU ARE DOING WORKSHOPS AND THINGS.

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: DUAL NATIONALITY, EDUCATION, FOR EXAMPLE. IF YOUR CHILDREN OR YOU YOURSELF WERE IN UNIVERSITY AND YOU WERE WORRIED WHETHER YOUR GRADES WERE GOING TO BE ACCREDITED IN MEXICO WE WILL GIVE THEM THE NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR THEM TO FIND OUT MORE REGARDING THEIR SPECIFIC CASE BUT ALSO A HUGE EFFORT HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN IN MEXICO TO MAKE THOSE REQUIREMENTS MORE ACCESSIBLE JUST BECAUSE WE ARE ENVISIONING THE POSSIBILITY THAT THAT SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION IN THE U.S. MIGHT BE COMING BACK AND THEY WILL NEED TO REINSERT THEMSELVES INTO EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS ALSO WE DO ASK THEM TO COME TO THE CONSULATE AND HAVE MORE INFORMATION AS TO WHAT SCHOOLS MIGHT BE AVAILABLE IN THEIR LOCALITY OR THE PLACE OF ORIGIN. NOW, MOST OF THE PEOPLE -- MOST OF THESE NATIONALS HAVE BEEN IN THE U.S. FOR A WHILE. MOST OF THEM WILL NOT NECESSARILY GO TO THEIR PARENTS PLACE OF ORIGIN. MAYBE NOT THEIR OWN.

Jose: BACK IN MEXICO?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: EXACTLY. THERE IS A NUMBER OF CALL CENTERS AND ADVISORY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT FOR THEM TO WEIGH THEIR OPTIONS AND MAKE DECISIONS WHEN THE TIME COMES.

Jose: EVERYTHING WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IS FOCUSED ON FOR THE RESULT OF TENSIONS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. BUT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, BOTH THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND CITY OF PHOENIX SEEM TO BE REALLY DEVELOPING SOME VERY POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEXICO. MOST RECENTLY THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE CITY OF PHOENIX HAS A MEMRANDAM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE STATE A CENA LORA.

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: ARIZONA BEING A BORDER STATE HAS A VERY INTENSE TRADE RELATIONSHIP WITH MEXICO. THERE ARE FAMILY TIES THAT ARE VERY CLOSE. THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WAS JUST SIGNED THIS WEEK BETWEEN THE MUNICIPAL PRESIDENCY OF THE CAPITOL AND THE CITY OF PHOENIX.

Jose: THE CAPITOL?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IS TO EXCHANGE BEST PRACTICES, LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AND FIND A USE OF COOPERATION. CENA LORA IS THE MAIN ORIGIN FOR FRESH PRODUCE COMING INTO THE U.S. FROM MEXICO. THE GATEWAY IS ARIZONA. SO THERE IS A LOT OF SYNERGY THAT MIGHT COME FROM THERE BECAUSE WE GET VISITS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES HERE IN PHOENIX. ALSO, LAST WEEK THE MAYOR OF SENORA, WAS UP IN PHOENIX AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR NEW FLIGHTS BETWEEN CITIES.

Jose: THE CITY OF PHOENIX IS GOING TO OPEN A TRADE OFFICE IN THAT CITY?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: AS WE SPEAK, MAYOR STANTON IS OPENING A SECOND PROMOTION OFFICES OF THE CITY OF PHOENIX. THE FIRST ONE IS IN MEXICO CITY. THIS IS THE RESULT OF JUST AWARENESS OF OPPORTUNITIES AND THAT RELATIONSHIP.

Jose: THERE IS A LOT GOING ON AT THE STATE LEVEL AS WELL BUT WE ARE OUT OF TIME. THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONSUL FRANCO, FOR JOINING US ON "HORIZONTE" TO TALK ABOUT THIS. COMING UP NEXT, A VALLEY DREAMER WITH A BUSINESS THAT MIXES CULTURE AND ATHLETICS.

Mission of Mercy

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  • Mission of Mercy provides medical care and medications to underinsured and uninsured patients in the valley. Catherine Amiot, president and CEO for Mission of Mercy talks about how the organization is helping people in the community.
Guests:
  • Catherine Amiot - President and CEO for Mission of Mercy
Category: Medical/Health   |   Keywords: Sol Book Box, Healthcare, Free Healthcare, Under Insured, Poverty,

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JOSE CARDENAS: MISSION OF MERCY IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICATIONS TO UNDERINSURED AND UNINSURED PATIENTS IN THE VALLEY. JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT THIS IS CATHERINE AMIOT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR MISSION OF MERCY. GIVE US A QUICK OVERVIEW OF MISSION OF MERCY, STARTING WITH ITS HISTORY BECAUSE ITS BEEN AROUND FOR AWHILE.

CATHERINE AMIOT: THIS IS OUR 20TH YEAR SERVING THE VALLEY. WE HAVE A MOBILE MEDICAL ORGANIZATION, WE HAVE A NON-PROFIT AND PROVIDE FREE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND MEDICATIONS TO MARICOPA COUNTY UNDERINSURED AND UNINSURED FAMILIES.

Jose: THE KEY THING IS IT IS A MOBILE SERVICE. WE HAVE A PICTURE WE WILL PUT ON THE SCREEN OF ONE OF THE UNITS THAT GOES OUT AND PROVIDES THESE SERVICES. TELL US ABOUT HOW THAT IS DONE. THIS IS, I THINK, THAT IS DR. HARPER IN FRONT.

CATHERINE AMIOT: OLIVER HARPER IS ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEER PHYSICIANS. THE WAY IT WORKS IS WE HAVE TWO MOBILE MEDICAL UNITS THAT ARE STOCKED WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND THEY HAVE PRIVATE EXAM ROOM. THEN WE PARTNER WITH CHURCHES AND COMMUNITY CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY WHO PROVIDE US WITH A LARGER SPACE AND WE SETUP VIRTUAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CLINICS WITHIN THESE DONATED FACILITIES. WE TREAT FOLKS THAT COME IN WHO DO NOT HAVE ANY OTHER ACCESS TO PRIMARY HEALTH CARE OR MEDICATIONS.

Jose: WE HAVE A PICTURE OF ONE OF THE PHYSICIANS OR MAYBE A NURSE CONSULTING WITH ONE OF THE PATIENTS. WE WILL PUT THAT UP, TOO. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE GET INVOLVED?

CATHERINE AMIOT: OUR VOLUNTEERS? IT IS WORD OF MOUTH. WE HAVE QUITE AN OUT REACH PROGRAM TO OUR FAITH COMMUNITY, WE HAVE FLOURISHING PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES, HOSPITALS IN THE AREA WHO ENCOUNTER FAMILIES IN NEED AND THEY WILL REFER PATIENTS OVER TO MISSION OF MERCY FOR SERVICES. THROUGH OUR OUTREACH PROGRAMS, PHYSICIANS AND OTHER MEDICAL PROVIDERS HEAR ABOUT US. MEDICAL STUDENTS, NURSING STUDENTS, AND SUCH, FOR EXAMPLE AND THEY MAKE CONTACT WITH US AND WE ARE ABLE TO BRING THEM INTO CLINICS AS VOLUNTEERS.

Jose: YOU MENTION YOU HAVE A PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENT WITH VARIOUS LOCATIONS WHERE YOU WILL PROVIDE THE SERVICES. WE HAVE ONE LAST PHOTOGRAPH WE WILL PUT ON THE SCREEN OF EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS A SPACE WHERE THE TRAILER SHOWS UP, THE MOBILE UNIT, AND THEN YOU GO OUT THERE AND YOU MEET WITH THESE PEOPLE.

CATHERINE AMIOT: WE DO. WE DO. AS YOU CAN TELL BY THE PHOTO, WE ARE A FAITH-ROOTED ORGANIZATION AND WE REALLY DO VIEW THIS AS A MINISTRY AND A CALLING. WE DO PARTNER. OUR MODEL IS VERY MUCH ONE OF PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WE SELECT NEIGHBORHOODS OF TREMENDOUS UNMET NEED AND INABILITY FOR PATIENTS TO CONNECT WITH BASIC HEALTH CARE. WE WORK CLOSELY WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO IDENTIFY THE COMMUNITY AND IDENTIFY THROUGH THE HOSPITAL, SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES TO REACH FAMILIES AND MAKE THEM AWARE OF OUR SERVICES.

Jose: AND HOW MANY SITES DO YOU PHYSICALLY VISITIN A WEEKLY OR MONTHLY BASIS?

CATHERINE AMIOT: WE HAVE A TOTAL OF SIX SITES THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY. THREE OF THEM WE VISIT EVERY WEEK AND THREE ARE SITES WE ROTATE EVERY OTHER WEEK. WE ARE ON THE ROAD FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

JOSE CARDENAS: YOU GET THE WORD OUT YOU WILL BE AT THE PARTICULAR SITE AT A PARTICULAR DAY IN TIME?

CATHERINE AMIOT: WE OPERATE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS OUR BECAUSE OUR PATIENTS ARE WORKING FAMILIES AND TIME AWAY FROM WORK IS DOLLARS OUT OF THEIR POCKET. SO WE WANT TO HONOR THEM AND RESTORE THEIR DIGNITY BY PROVIDING THEM WITH AN APPOINTMENT TIME JUST LIKE YOU AND I WOULD EXPECT WE GO TO DOCTORS. WE ARE WALK-INS THAT GATHER EARLY IN THE MORNING AND WE HAVE A TEAM ARRIVING BEFORE DAWN THAT WILL SETUP THE CLINIC AND TRIAGE THOSE PEOPLE. THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN IMMEDIATE NEED WE WILL FIND A WAY TO SEE THEM THAT DAY. THOSE WITH LESS PRESSING ISSUES WE WILL SCHEDULE THEM AN APPOINTMENT TIME.

Jose: YOU ADDING A COUPLE ADDITIONAL SITES?

CATHERINE AMIOT: WE ARE. TWO ADDITIONAL SITES IN THE EAST VALLEY. THE FIRST IN DOWNTOWN CHANDLER THIS FALL AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO JOIN A COLLABORATIVE SERVES IN DOWNTOWN GILBERT A YEAR FROM NOW.

Jose: WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES?

CATHERINE AMIOT: THANK YOU FOR ASKING. WE HAVE A HUNDRED PERCENT PRIVATELY FUNDED. THIS PROVIDES US WITH A COUPLE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT TO THIS CONVERSATION. I THINK THE FIRST ONE IS WE DON'T HAVE A PRE-QUALIFICATION PROCESS. ANYONE PRESENTING WITH NEED WE ARE ABLE TO TREAT. IT ALLOWS THE COMMUNITY TO STEP FORWARD AND BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THE HEALTH CARE GAP THAT SO MANY FAMILIES ARE FACING. ONE IN FOUR FAMILIES IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA ARE FACING AND MOST SPECIFICALLY MARICOPA COUNTY. WE ARE COMPLETELY SUPPORTED BY OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, GRANTS, INDIVIDUAL DONORS, FAMILY FOUNDATIONS, THAT TYPE OF THING.

Jose: YOU DON'T ASK QUESTIONS AND THAT INCLUDES NOT ASKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS?

CATHERINE AMIOT: THAT IS CORRECT.

Jose: AND YOU HAVE A FAIRLY SUBSTANTIAL HISPANIC POPULATION?

CLAUDIA FRANCO HIJUELOS: 80% OF OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE SPANISH AND WE ARE FULLY BILINGUAL. THAT IS A PATIENT POPULATION WE RECRUIT, INVITE AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE AWARE THESE SERVICES ARE THERE FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT BEING TURNED AWAY OR ASKED ANY EMBARRASSING QUESTIONS.

Jose: WE PUT THE WEBSITE ON THE SCREEN A LITTLE BIT AGO. IF PEOPLE GO THERE, ARE THERE SPANISH LANGUAGE MESSAGES THERE?

CATHERINE AMIOT: YES, THERE IS. WE POSTED A CLINIC FLIER WITH ALL OF OUR LOCATIONS, APPOINTMENT LINE NUMBERS, AND A LITTLE DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICES THAT THE CLINICS DO WHICH IS ONLINE UNDER THE ARIZONA PROGRAMS. CLICK ON ARIZONA AND THAT WOULD TAKE THEM TO THOSE PAGES.

Jose: AS YOU KNOW, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION SINCE THE ELECTION OR EVEN BEFORE ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND PEOPLE BEING AFRAID. HAS THAT HAD AN IMPACT ON THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS BEING SEEN?

CATHERINE AMIOT: IT IS HARD TO SAY BUT WE HAVE SEEN A LITTLE DIP IN PATIENTS BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WITH MY MISSION OF MERSEY WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS. WE ARE ATTRIBUTING THIS TO REOCCURANCE OF FEAR AND CONCERN ON THE PART OF OUR PATIENTS. IT IS AN UNCERTAIN ENVIRONMENT. WE WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND ALL OPPORTUNITIES TO ENCOURAGE PATIENTS TO PLEASE COME. DON'T NEGLECT YOUR HEALTH. REACH OUT TO US. IT IS SAFE, COMPASSIONATE PLACE. YOUR DIGNITY WILL BE RESTORED, YOUR IDENTITY IS PROTECTED AND IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO SERVE YOU.

Jose: HOW DO YOU GET THE WORD OUT TO PEOPLE TO NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS?

CATHERINE AMIOT: I THINK THROUGH PROGRAMS LIKE THIS. WE HAVE A VERY LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HOSPITALS IN THE AREA AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, FAITH PARTNERS, AND WE WANT TO REITERATE AND CONTINUE TO REITERATE TO THEM THE MESSAGE OF OPENNESS AND SAFETY FOR ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE OR THEIR LANGUAGE, FOR ALL PEOPLE. WE SERVE A NUMBER OF REFUGES THAT ARE BEING RESETTLED IN THIS COUNTRY AND THEIR PAPERWORK HAS NOT CAUGHT UP WITH THEM YET. IT IS NOT JUST OUR HISPANIC POPULATION BUT PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO HAVE A CURRENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE.

Jose: WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF TIME BUT I WANT TO MENTION AND GET YOUR COMMENTS ON YOU PROVIDE PRIMARY CARE BUT IF PEOPLE NEED REFERRALS THEY CAN GET THEM THROUGH YOUR ORGANIZATION?

CATHERINE AMIOT: YES. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS WE HAVE WORKED WITH FOR MANY YEARS. IF A PATIENT PRESENTS WITH SOMETHING THAT IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN A NORMAL PRIMARY CARE ISSUE, WE HAVE A NETWORK OF PROVIDERS THAT -- AND WE WILL WALK THEM THROUGH THAT PROCESS. WE DON'T JUST HAND THEM A SHEET OF PAPER. WE WILL HELP THEM MAKE SURE THEY ARE CONNECTED TO THE PROPER SPECIALITY CARE SERVICES.

Jose: FULL SERVICE IN MANY WAYS?

CATHERINE AMIOT : FULL SERVICE.

Jose: THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON "HORIZONTE". THAT'S OUR SHOW FOR THIS EVENING. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. FROM ALL OF US HERE AT HORIZONTE AND YOUR ARIZONA P-B-S STATION. I'M JOSE CARDENAS, HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. CLOSED CAPTION PRODUCTIONS WWW.CCPRODUCTIONS.COM 844-335-0911

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