Center Will Close Operations on December 31, 2013

Fellow Advocates, Friends and Colleagues:

It is with a heavy heart and a happy outlook for the future, that I announce my retirement from La Fe Policy Research and Education Center (La Fe PREC), effective December 31, 2013. Consequently, La Fe PREC will close its San Antonio-based operations on the same date. It has been an honor to be part of the Centro de Salud Familiar - La Fe organizational family. ‘La Fe’ afforded us the opportunity to be a statewide voice advocating on behalf of issues important to the bienestar (well-being) of our community. In the future, you can contact for advice on any questions and clarifications.

Established in January 2006, the La Fe PREC mission was driven by the purpose to promote family and community bienestar in the Mexican American community through knowledge, trust, and empowerment. Grounded in La Fe’s social justice principles, the Center’s approach incorporated policy research, leadership and advocacy training, and issue-based demonstration service projects within an organizing and collaborative advocacy framework.

La Fe PREC’s success could not have been possible without the work of our staff, and contributions from consultants and research interns. Staff contributions from Ms.’s Amy Casso, Senior Policy Analyst, and Pat Medina, Administrative Assistant have been particularly invaluable to our successes.

Although the Center’s journey is ending, my engagement in Latino bienestar will continue. It has been a great privilege to have worked and collaborated with such great colleagues and friends.


There are also some recent articles you can check for more information:

1) The Power of Advocacy Groups: Influencing Social Policies for Positive Change

2) Leadership Training for Healthcare Advocates: Empowering Change Agents

3) Mental Health Policy: Addressing the Gaps in Care

4) Digital Tools for Promoting Civic Involvement

5) Inclusive Leadership: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion

6) Civic Engagement: Why It Matters and How to Promote It

7) The Impact of Education on Economic Development


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    The majority of studies on access, quality and costs, associated with the Medicaid program, show that the program has been a success since it began in 1965. Under the Affordable Care Act, the Medicaid Expansion is a series of pluses. It will save lives and reduce poverty; have little to no cost and save money; boost local economies and save jobs; and help build a stronger healthcare system for all Texans. An estimated 1.3 to 1.8 million uninsured Texans could finally gain health insurance coverage with the Medicaid Expansion…read more
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La Fe Policy Research and Education Center works to continually improve the Bienestar (well-being) of Mexican Americans through policy analysis, education, leadership development, civic involvement and advocacy. Bienestar affirms our culture, community experience, and values to achieve equality of opportunity through responsive social and health policies.

Our Mission

To improve the decision-making capacity of Mexican Americans leading to their increased involvement in system changes in health and social policies.

Our Vision

Mexican American families have comprehensive access to health and human resources that are available, accessible, acceptable, and accountable to their health values, decisions, and needs that positively contribute to their health and Bienestar.

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Data Spotlight

Ten years and no progress in addressing the uninsured crisis in Texas….click for more detail and insurance coverage eligible opportunities under the ACA

Latino equity gap in degree completion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey; 2003-2012
Notes: *"White, "Black", and "Hispanic, includes only native and naturalized citizens. For years 2002-2008, adults include ages 19 to 64, for 2010-2011 adults are ages 18 to 64