The organizing committee of the 17th Congress of Public Health Researchers has awarded Xochitl Castañeda the “Champions of Health” Medal (Medalla Campeones de la Salud in Spanish). The award is given to those who have dedicated their lives to the improvement and growth of vulnerable populations.
According to Dr. Mauricio Hernández Ávila, the General Director of Mexican Public Health Institute (INSP in Spanish), Xochitl was nominated due to her “leadership, compromise, and dedication to improving the health conditions of the immigrant population in the United States”
Xochitl Castaneda, who has been the director of HIA since its inception in 2001, states that the award is not hers alone, but also “her team’s, colleagues, and great mentors who [she] has had the privilege of working with.”
The award ceremony will take place on March 1st, 2017 at the Mexican Public Health Institute during the 17th Congress of Public Health Researchers. Dr. José Narro Robles, the Mexican Secretary of Health will deliver the award.