Latinos honored with Spirit Awards

The California Latino Caucus celebrated the 37th anniversary of the Latino Spirit Award where recognized 12 important figures from political, social, and community life in California.

The event was held last Monday on the floor of the Assembly which was attended by all members of the caucus and other important personalities of the state.

"With this award we have always wanted to recognize those individuals who exemplify the spirit of our community and have contributed to the greatness of our state," said Sen. Gil Cedillo, president of the Latino Caucus.

The individuals honored this year belong to different areas of society such as civil rights, health, communications, business, politics and community service.

"This recognition is the result of hard work effort of a team of professionals who are committed to the community and work for the welfare of it," said Xóchitl Castañeda, director of the Mexico-California Health Iniciative and one of the recipients.

Also, within the area of health, another of the awards were to Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, who is popular on Univision Primer Impacto for its health segment for Latinos.

Lifshitz spoke about the importance of the fact that Latinos come to receive preventive medical services, which is something uncommon in this community.

"The important thing is that people know that there are centers of information and assistance necessary and appropriate to resolve the various crises of health in our community," Lifshitz said.