Kathleen Smith-Wenning: Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots: Health Literacy in Action
Professor, Middlesex County College
Known as Prof. Kathy to her respiratory care students at Rutgers University and anthropology students at Middlesex County College, she claims to be an amalgam of these two worlds. Kathy is devoted to the care of the medically underserved and coordinates patient care, along with the respiratory care students, at hospitals and outpatient clinics in Newark. She also is an active volunteer and member of the U.S. Board of Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, an organization dedicated to the education of 600 of the poorest children in the City of Oaxaca, México. This past summer Prof. Kathy also volunteered at La Posada Providencia Refugee Shelter in the southern Rio Grande Valley of Texas, addressing the health literacy needs of unaccompanied minors crossing the border and fleeing violence in Central America.