The mission of Puentes de Salud is two-fold: First, to partner with Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latino immigrant community to build long-term prosperity by addressing immediate education, health and social service needs. Second, to create a responsible learning environment for future generations of advocates, educators, and healthcare providers to examine Social Justice and Structural Violence, and to explore their impacts on the Social Determinants of Health within a marginalized community.
Puentes de Salud believes that a comprehensive strategy to promote wellness in any community must work towards diminishing the effects of Structural Violence and supporting Social Justice efforts, specifically access to healthcare, economic opportunity, and education. Because most of the underlying causes of inequality are social and structural in nature, our actions must be too. For this reason, we offer integrated services to support full mental, emotional, and physical well-being from the individual to the community. Our goal is to provide the social, economic, and health resources necessary for individual and community empowerment.