Hispanic organization marks 35 years investing in North Philly community

The reverend Luis Cortés jr., 62, gave the invocation prayer at Barack Obama’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration Luncheon, conferred with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about not separating migrant families at the border and sipped tea with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Yet wherever Cortés goes, his heart stays in El Barrio: the streets of North Philly’s…
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Philadelphia’s faith leaders partner with one another and the city to increase vaccine access in communities of color – WHYY; June. 12, 2021

Rev. Rubén Ortiz is the director of national programs at Esperanza, a faith-based nonprofit working to strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, and advocacy. Even before the vaccine was available, access to COVID testing in Philadelphia’s predominantly Hispanic Hunting Park neighborhood was close to nonexistent. And according to Ortiz, many in this community make…
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Esperanza has been a success at vaccinating Latinos, but Black Philadelphians still lag behind – The Philadelphia Inquirer; May. 10, 2021

Esperanza, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency but supplied with vaccine by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, was established in North Philadelphia specifically to address low vaccination rates there, though vaccination rates lag citywide. Black and Latino populations have suffered a disproportionate toll throughout the pandemic. About 26% of Black Philadelphians and 27%…
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Esperanza FEMA vaccine site is back on its feet after J&J setback – WHYY; April. 14, 2021

Vaccinations are back on track at Philadelphia’s second largest mass clinic, at Esperanza Charter School, after hundreds of appointments were rescheduled due to Tuesday’s announcement that further administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be put on hold temporarily. Danny Cortes, executive vice president and chief of staff at Esperanza, said FEMA officials operating…
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