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Did you know that half of our staff identify as Hispanic or Latinx? We invited them to share their perspective on what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. First up: Maria Alexandra Medina MSN FNP-C, who is a Nurse Practitioner in our Low-Cost Clinic. She says:

"Hispanic heritage ...encompasses many things. It is about our ethnic roots, of course, but it also includes cultural teachings and personal experiences. It's about who you are and where you've come from to get where you are today. For me, my Colombian heritage has shaped my values, my personality, my goals and much more. All Hispanics have certain similarities but we are all different at the same time. It is very important to remember this. It’s what makes “us” unique.

La herencia hispana abarca muchas cosas. Se trata de nuestras raíces étnicas, por supuesto, pero también incluye enseñanzas culturales y experiencias personales. Se trata de quién eres y de dónde has venido para llegar a donde estás hoy. Para mí, mi herencia colombiana ha moldeado mis valores, mi personalidad, mis metas y mucho más. Todos los hispanos tenemos ciertas similitudes pero todos somos diferentes al mismo tiempo. Es muy importante recordar esto. Es lo que nos hace únicos."

(photo: Maria on vacation in Colombia with her two children this past Spring)

¡Gracias a Maria por compartir sus pensamientos con nosotros!
Thank you to Maria for sharing her thoughts with us!

#hispanicheritagemonth

It's so hard to say goodbye, especially to someone as special as Marcela Orozco (center), our Clinic Supervisor, who has been critical to the operation and success of our Low-Cost Clinic and to Care Ring for 12 years. We thank her for her unwavering passion and commitment to our patients and ...organization, and wish her all the best in her new career journey!

Mark your calendars and come see us at our booth under the big tent at the 5th annual Nurturing Parenthood event by @mindbodybabync @nodabrewing. We'll be sharing advice from our nurses and info about our maternal-child health programs that can help you survive & thrive in the first two ...years of parenthood and beyond. If you register in advance you could win $100 Target gift card. See @mindbodync profile for reg link. #NPE2022
TY to sponsors:
@bloomingsmilespd (title sponsor)
@goldenfamilychiro
@satterfieldlegal
Wellcare
Women's Transitional Healthcare
@childandfamilydev
@wildwisecounseling

WELCOME to NEW Corporate Champion Morris - Berg Architects! Todd Berg, who is the Managing Principal at the firm said: “Morris-Berg is excited to join the Care Ring family. We have always recognized the importance of corporate citizenship and Care Ring is a great partner as we strive to improve ...the community in which we live and work.” Thank you Morris Berg for investing in our community's health! FUN FACT: Our ED, Tchernavia Montgomery, MSW,LCSW once worked there and helped us to connect. To learn how your company can support our important work, visit: https://careringnc.org/corporate-champions/

Tell a friend! @freedentistryday (www.freedentistry.org) is hosting their 2nd annual National Free Dentistry Day next Sat, Sept 10th. Three Charlotte-area dentists are participating: @sardisdentalcare @rivergatedentalcare and @cannoncrossroadsdentalcare. Check out their website/profile to learn ...more. THANK YOU to all the dentists who are participating and giving back to their community—this is a great need! 💙

VOLUNTEERS WANTED for next Saturday's Carolina Classic 10K/5K presented by Ivy Rehab. Care Ring is a partial beneficiary of this race, and we're helping to spread the word about the need for volunteers. (Runners slots are available too!) Great chance for your middle schooler to get a jump... on those required volunteer hours or for you to give back to your community. Learn more and sign up: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Charlotte/Carolina10KClassic
(pictured, Care Ring Board member William Hadley and his son Brower from last year's race).

Thank you so much to our new friends Temple and Chris (pictured 4th and 5th from left) from Huntersville-based nonprofit Idun Ruth, who were connected to us by the office of @repadams, a big proponent of maternal-child health. Idun Ruth’s mission is to provide diapers and menstrual care products ...to individuals and families in need. They donated boxes of diapers, wipes, pads and tampons for our programs. These items are desperately needed and appreciated --- thank you!

Our staff members have enjoyed participating at local sporting events this week. Team members Jessica Gonzalez (left) and Geneva Anglero (right) enjoyed free tickets to the @panthers
game courtesy of our partners at @bankofamerica. Team members Sunday Shobowale (left) and Carla Gomez (right) ...gave out information about Care Ring at the "Community Corner" table at the @knightsbaseball game.