Partner Spotlight: Puente a la Salud Comunitaria
Ending Hunger and Improving Public Health in Rural Mexico
Vista Leadership Academy would not be possible without the collaboration of inspiring partner organizations like Puente a la Salud Comunitaria. Founded in 2003 by Kate Seely and Katherine Lorenz, the organization’s name means a Bridge to Community Health. Team Puente contributes to food security of the Oaxacan community and local agriculture through promoting the cultivation, consumption and commercialization of amaranth.
Known to the Aztecs as huauhtli, the highly nutritious grain amaranth has been cultivated for thousands of years and served as the bulk of the region’s indigenous diet before the Spanish conquest. Today, Amaranth is still a vital crop. Working together with families, farmers, local organizations, and public health authorities, Puente a la Salud Comunitaria is dedicated to the eradication of malnutrition and the improvement of health in rural Oaxaca.
The Academy’s Belief in Local Community Action
Through our partnership, members of Vista Leadership Academy will volunteer with Puente a la Salud Comunitaria during the leadership retreat in Oaxaca. An integral part of the Academy’s leadership development program is for you to engage in local community action in a different part of the world. Local community work while in Oaxaca seeds global thinking, reflection and awareness of your personal impact, inspiring you as a leader to connect and contribute in innovative ways. This level of understanding and awareness helps leaders achieve excellence at home as well.
Are you ready to make a difference? Join us online and in-person for the Academy’s intensive leadership retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Academy gathers leaders together to expand your course-charting and foster new ways of thinking and acting. Create the space you need to grow as a leader. If you want to learn to lead with positive social impact, apply to Vista Leadership Academy today.
The photo below shows a local farmer looking out over his field of amaranth during a Puente a la Salud Comunitaria tour in November of 2015.