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Drs. Saucedo and Garcia drumming for healing

For many Latinos, mental health was once a taboo subject. But in the 1970’s, Dr. Concha Saucedo Martinez did her part to change that by founding the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District. Dr. Saucedo revolutionized mental health practices by providing her clients with spiritual and culturally sensitive workshops and services. More importantly, she made therapy and psychiatric care more accessible and affordable to the Latino community in San Francisco.

I really love honoring pieces, and though this initially started out to be about the organization, it quickly evolved into featuring the vision of Dr. Saucedo and it was a privilege to meet her and the current director Estela Garcia. The challenge was creating sound-rich scenes with the constraints of confidentiality required when dealing with mental health.

This segment is part of Latino USA’s year-long look at Latinos and Health.

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President Obama’s 2009 Recovery Act includes $30 million for expanding the Small Business Administration’s Microloan program. These loans of less than $35,000 put money into the hands of small business owners who don’t have any collateral, but who stimulate the economy by putting money back into their communities.

Entrepreneur, Paula Tejeda could benefit from one of these microloans. She says a lack of working capital is the biggest challenge to running her small storefront where she sells Chilean empanadas.

These pocket-sized meat pastries are a popular to-go food in Chile and Paula says they’re best eaten with a glass of wine. This story shows you how that combination sparked an idea in Paula to take the empanadas out of her store, Chile Lindo, and over to the local bars to stir up some business.

Collaborator: It was really fun to work with photographer Myleen Hollero on this and the slideshow is on the California Report and Latino USA’s websites.

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