The May 2017 EPES Update and Celebrating 35 Years…

Check out the full EPES Update here!

Message from the AHA President

Dear friends of EPES and AHA,

EPES is far from resting on its laurels in 2017, the 35th anniversary of its founding as a project of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile (IELCH).

Already this year they have delivered the eighth International Course on Popular Education in Health, (fondly referred to as la Escuela), bringing the total number of trainees since 2010 to 150 (from 19 countries). Talk about ripple effect—that has to be a major splash! The impact of the Escuela has been particularly strong in Kenya, where the Hope Foundation for African Women is replicating the EPES model after founder Grace Mose attended the Escuela in 2010 (followed by fiveothers in 2014).

Also in this Update, you can learn about EPES’ continuing activities in emergency response and advocacy for a tobacco-free Chile, as well as about an exciting healthy schools program that emerged from a 2016 EPES workshop, just to mention a few.

Finally, I draw your attention to the announcement of a benefit concert to mark EPES’ 35 years and thank the wonderful donors and supporters who have made it all possible. If you are anywhere near the Twin Cities on September 23, I hope you will join us in celebrating this remarkable journey we have been on together. If you can’t be there physically, we will hold you in our hearts with gratitude for all you have done to help EPES fulfil its mission to contribute to health, dignity and justice for the people of Chile.

In gratitude for your continuing solidarity,
Christina Mills MD FRCPC
President, Action for Health in the Americas