Yet, every so often a person will come along that deserves wide recognition and accolades for shouldering the type of task that almost guarantees obscurity.
For the past decade Hoshell has been working to improve health care for the community’s seniors through enhanced bilingual education and advocacy. Recognizing the fact that many of the area’s seniors solely speak Spanish and are vulnerable to being taken advantage of and being misinformed, Hoshell’s efforts have provided many seniors ease of mind.
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For her efforts, both the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico recognized Hoshell this week with a framed letter of recognition. As a community action team member with AARP, Hoshell has been privy to instances where the Valley’s Spanish-speaking seniors were treated in a way unbefitting of any community member, regardless of their education level or language capabilities.
Hoshell’s name is also known along the corridors of Sacramento’s capitol building, where she has spoken with lawmakers about improving senior health services in the Valley.
Assuredly, there are countless others in the community that are similarly advocating for more humane solutions to all manner of things. In some cases they will receive the recognition they justly deserve, but it is just as likely that many of them won’t.
Hopefully, the community continues to produce such people like Christina Abeja Hoshell. And, just as importantly, remembers their names and their tireless community work as examples of what society should aspire to emulate.
Woman honored for senior health advocacy
Local advocates deserve more recognition
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