Voces Verdes Partner Highlighted in White House Public Health and Climate “Champions of Change”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jeremiah Perez, 202-578-7464, email@example.com Voces Verdes Partner Highlighted in White House Public Health and Climate “Champions of Change” WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 – The White House honored eleven people Tuesday, including Voces Verdes health partner Dr. Yadira Caraveo, as a “Champion of Change” in the field of public health and climate. “Voces Verdes congratulates Dr. Caraveo and doctors and health professionals like her who understand that creating healthy communities requires protecting our environment from climate change,” says Adrianna Quintero, Founder and Director of Voces Verdes. As the first physician in her family, Dr. Caraveo has been an advocate since medical school. She was an active member of her resident union and advocated for improved working conditions for her colleagues, healthcare access for her patients, and supported environmental friendly candidates for public office. While working through a leadership program with the National Hispanic Medical Association, she became involved with the Union of Concerned Scientists and Voces Verdes, where she provided insight into the medical perspective on climate change’s public health impacts. Dr. Caraveo says that as a Latina, she is naturally drawn to Latino health issues. Her involvement with Voces Verdes allowed her to provide taped sound bites and written comments for press releases on the health effects of climate changes and air pollution. Dr. Caraveo speaks fluent Spanish and is a general pediatrician in the Denver, Colorado metro area. The eleven Champions of Change were selected for raising awareness about health consequences and helping their communities prepare for climate-related health impacts and for leading the way on climate and health. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White house to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. To learn more about Voces Verdes visit www.vocesverdes.org and the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.