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From California to Chicago: A story of resilience and perseverance

Freckles dot the hands and cheeks of Lidia Huante Mendoza, 67, remnants of a childhood spent working in the fields of California. Childhood memories for some are filled with scenes of exploration, play, and sheer joy, but for Huante Mendoza, it meant waking up to help her mother prepare food for her family as they […]

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Influential Latino leader retires after 25 years of service

An influential leader who has pioneered access to health care for undocumented immigrants in Chicago has recently announced her retirement. At 74 years of age, Carmen Velásquez, the founder and executive director of Alivio Medical Center said in an interview with The Gate that it is now time to step back and put all her […]

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Contract Negotiations Continue at Alivio Medical Center

Contract negotiations continue at Alivio Medical Center after workers went on a six-day strike earlier this month. Workers said they are unhappy with a contract proposal that would cap wages and increase the employee health insurance cost. Currently, the health insurance cost for the union is 17 percent for single, employee/spouse, and employee/child; and 14 […]