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St. Luke's Partners with Mexican Consulate to Open Health Window

By Ken Dey, News and Community
December 3, 2010

BOISE, Idaho – St. Luke’s Health System has is partnering with the Mexican Consulate in Boise to provide a “Health Window.”

The Health Window is an information desk with the goal of providing not only the Mexican Community, but the community in general, information regarding health institutions and programs in Idaho that any person can use regardless of place of origin or socioeconomic status.

In order to bring this service to the Idaho community, the Consulate of Mexico in Boise and St. Luke’s Hospital signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to establish the Health Window program at the Consulate’s facilities and at the St. Luke’s Center for Community Health located in Hailey, Idaho. The partnership also helps St. Luke's further the goals of its designation as a Community Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

This will allow the building of a close, direct partnership that allows the linkage of client referral and health education amongst the local Mexican Consulate, local health departments, community health organizations, and the major health institutions in Mexico.

The Health Window is an opportunity for everyone that is interested in having access to health information that will help them prevent diseases.

The Health Window is managed by a bilingual, bicultural and highly trained health promoter whose responsibility is to provide referrals to available health services. Advocates assess users for eligibility to health insurance programs and other primary care services.  The Health Window is located at the Mexican Consulate, 701 Morrison Knudsen Dr., Ste. 102, in Boise.  For more information call (208) 343-6228.

In 2002, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico inaugurated the “Health Window” program (Ventanilla de Salud) in two Mexican Consulates in the United States located in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. Since then, 42 Health Windows have been established throughout the Mexican consular network in the United States and Canada.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.