Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

2022 Events

Thursday, 9/15
Internal Wheeler Forum

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

  • New Britain Family Health & Wellness Center Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Luis Perez
  •  New Britain Family Health & Wellness Center Patient Care Coordinator, Veronica Torres
Thursday, 9/22
Internal Wheeler Forum

Recovery as an Act of Love

Guest Speaker: Chris Ortiz
Moderator: Teodoro Anderson Diaz, MS, MSW, LCSW, LADC, Vice President of Health and Wellness Center Outpatient Services

Wednesday, 10/5
Internal Wheeler Forum

Keeping Our Culture Alive:  Staff Discussion & Sharing

Presenter: Melissa Mendez, Director- Early Childhood, Evaluation, & School-based Clinical Services 

Thursday, 10/6
Zoom Event (see recording below!)

Latinas in Healthcare: Together We Rise


  • Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM- Vice President of Nursing, Wheeler Health
  • Vanessa Nazario, MBA- Corporate Director, Chief Diversity Officer, Memorial Healthcare Systems, FL
  • Lourdes Negrón-McDaniel, CDP, SHRM-SCP- Director, Inclusion & Culture,  Nationwide Children's Hospital, OH.
Tuesday, 10/10
Virtual Event on Wheeler's Facebook Page Latino Cooking Demonstration with Wheeler Dietician, Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDE, CDN, & Special Guest, Chris Ortiz 
Tuesday, 10/11
Virtual Event on Wheeler's Facebook Page

Latina Nurses in Healthcare: Staff Discussion & Sharing


  • Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM Vice President of Nursing
  • Serrita Roper, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner 
Friday, 10/14
New Britain Family Health & Wellness Center, 40 Hart Street
  • Salsa Presentation & Instruction by Dance Instructor, Nector Garcia, 
  • Shaddai Latino Food Truck,
  • Music by DJ Pasion, MST Building Stronger Families Program Manager and Jennifer Passion-Blocker.



Book and Movie Recommendations

Adult Children
​Like Water for Chocolate- Laura Esquivel Islandborn- Junot Diaz 
100 Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez  ​Frida Kahlo & her Animalitos- Monica Brown 
Treasures of the Mexican Table- Pati Jinich (cookbook) ​Julian is a Mermaid- Jessica Love 
In the Country We Love- Diane Guerrero ​Esperanza Rising (Young Adult)- Pam Munoz Ryan 
Rita Moreno- A Memoir- Rita Moreno  How Tia Lola Came to Stay- Julia Alvarez 
​The Closer- My Story- Mariano Rivera Yes, We Are Latinos! - Alma Flor Ada &
F. Isabel Campoy 
For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges & Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color- Prisca Dorcas
Mojica Rodriguez  
​When We Make It- A Nuyorican Novel-
Elisabet Velasquez 
​Movies/Documentaries Dear Primo- Duncan Tonatiuh 
​Rita Moreno- Just a Girl Who Went for It Netflix  ​Just ask!- Justice Sonia Sotomayor 
​Street Food: Latin America Netflix  Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln- Margarita Engle 


Employee Shout Outs

Teo thumb.jpgJoin us in celebrating Wheeler's Teodoro Anderson Diaz, MS, MSW, LCSW, LADC, Vice President of Health and Wellness Center Outpatient Services, as he recieves the 2022 Latino in Leadership Award at the 7th Annual National Latino Leadership Conference in Miami, Florida, September 20-September 21, 2022. 

The Council for Latino Workplace Equity (CLWE), an initiative under the National Diversity Council, will host the Seventh Annual National Latino Leadership Conference. The hybrid event will also offer a partial virtual livestream eastern standard time for non-physical participants. This year’s theme is "Defining Transformational Leadership: Latinos That Inspire, Motivate, & Influence.”

The 2022 National Latino Leaders list highlights individuals who have achieved success in their careers while paving the way for other Latinos to advance in the corporate arena. These individuals contribute to creating and promoting a culture where Latino talent is supported and leveraged for organizational success. They demonstrate leadership excellence and high visibility in the Latino community and maintain a record of professional accomplishments. 

Community Events

September 15
St. Francis Hospital, Center for Nursing & Practice Innovation, 260 Ashley Street, Hartford, CT National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Hartford
Chapter Meeting
September 16
Wheeler Staff Gathering for Hispanic Heritage Month Parkville Market, Hartford, CT
September 20 Reading to students at Northwest Village School Plainville Family Health & Wellness Center Behavioral Health Access Team Clinician, Francesca LaFountain, will be reading books about Hispanic/Latino culture and/or by Hispanic/Latino authors. All books will be donated to the Northwest Village School Library in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. 
October 13 Tr-State Authentic Leadership Summit hosting by the
Diversity Council
Tina Loarte-Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CIC, CPPS, CPHRM Vice President of Nursing
Click to Livestream 1st Latinx House Festival, Aspen, Colorado The Latinx House is a gathering place for people who appreciate and support the Latinx community and who celebrate Latinx excellence in film and entertainment. We are also a space to discuss pressing societal issues and the content creation related to these stories. We provide engagement, activation and community building opportunities.


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