HIA Director, Xochitl Castañeda wins Champion of Health award

Xochitl Castañeda, Director of the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA), School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, has received Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health’s highest award, “Champions of Health Medal” for her work dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of vulnerable populations in the world.

The award ceremony took place on March 1st, 2017 at the Mexican Public Health Institute’s 17th Congress of Public Health Researchers. Dr. José Narro Robles, Mexican Secretary of Health delivered the award. https://www.insp.mx/congisp2017/programa/#inicio_programa

This distinction commemorates Xochitl’s lifelong leadership and dedication to dignify the immigrant population living and working 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 “my team, colleagues, and great mentors who I have had the privilege of working with”. She also mentioned, that “now more than ever, we need to recognize that the health of a country is also the health of its immigrants.”