Welcome to Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latinx immigrant population through high-quality health care, innovative educational programs, and community building.

About Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud is founded on the principles of Social Determinants of Health and Social Justice. We believe that community health, wellness, and empowerment result from a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort to address the conditions in which we grow, learn, live, work, and age. These conditions influence an individual’s quality of life and the development of the community as a whole. Puentes de Salud aims to improve community and individual health and wellness not only by providing immediate services, but also by acknowledging and challenging embedded social inequalities and injustices.

Puentes de Salud works in partnership with community members, local public schools, universities, governmental institutions, and other nonprofit organizations to address the adverse structural, economic, and social conditions that profoundly affect the prosperity of this community. At Puentes de Salud we are challenging the idea that deep and long-standing inequalities are acceptable realities within our society. We are not only re-imagining but also fostering an environment in which our vision of equitable access to health care, education, and empowerment exists.

A note from our Executive Director:

Dear Community Members and Friends of Puentes,

These are challenging and important days for our nation as we wrestle with the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many others before them. Their deaths at the hands of police again lay bare our nation’s history of systemic racism and social inequalities that have been largely ignored and nurtured for generations. The willingness for so many Americans to remain silent and deny accountability for ongoing violent repression, racism, and systematic disregard for Black life must end.

Black lives matter, and Puentes stands in solidarity with the BLM movement. Puentes believes that addressing the centuries of ingrained injustices is the work of both individuals and organizations and begins by first acknowledging and then working to change the systems of structural oppression that give rise to violence we continue to see today.

It is the work of every individual and community to confront and deconstruct anti-Blackness in all its many manifestations. As an organization that serves local Latinx immigrant communities, we commit to nurturing difficult, needed conversations with staff, community members, and volunteers that interrogate how racism manifests in our work, as well as the roots of on-going harm to Black and Afro-Latinx people. Puentes has the power and responsibility to serve as a bridge in this work because without it, our vision for community health and wellness can never truly exist.


Steve Larson, MD
Executive Director Puentes de Salud