Spotlight On: GPC's Research Interns
Grameen PrimaCare is able to provide quality primary care to the members of Grameen VidaSana thanks in part to the help of our outside partners. Two people we would like to spotlight for their wonderful work are our research interns, Tabata Kellner and Fernando Reyes.
Tabata began her work with us in August of 2014. Since then, she has helped engage potential Grameen VidaSana members by informing them about our program and identifying any barriers to enrollment. Tabata is a Public Health Nurse with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of School Health, where she promotes and advocates for the health of New York residents and participates in the city's crisis responses. In addition, she is currently completing her Masters in Public Health at the State University of New York in Albany. She decided to intern for GPC because she believes this program has enormous potential. "Grameen VidaSana's approach recognizes the specific needs of immigrant women, and has the potential to make a difference throughout their communities and beyond."
Fernando has been working with GPC since July of 2014. He continually engages the Jackson Heights community through outreach calls, documents potential members' feedback and participates in special events at Grameen VidaSana. He is a Senior Pharmacy Technician at Elmhurst Hospital, volunteers with the NYC Department of Health to further his interest in public health and epidemiology, and is currently completing his MS in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Fernando became involved as an intern at Grameen PrimaCare because "GPC brings a novel model of providing primary care to the immigrant women population, which would otherwise have no access to these vital services."
We’re so grateful to Tabata and Fernando, who provide much needed research, evaluation and community outreach assistance to GPC. Visit our website for more information on this aspect of our work.
An Interview With Zumba Con GK
Grameen VidaSana (GVS) offers its members numerous activities and classes each week, with one of the most popular options being our Zumba classes. Zumba, a dance fitness program that incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue and several other dance styles with aerobic elements, is an incredibly popular workout – approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries!
At GVS these classes are taught by Guillermina de Jesus and Keylin Juana Reyes, registered Zumba instructors and sisters. These amazing teachers have had a huge part in making this element of our program so popular, and in encouraging our members to become more active and to improve their health through exercise. We asked them a bit about working with GVS and its members.
GPC: How did you first hear about Grameen VidaSana?
Guillermina & Keylin: Judith Eichner, Grameen PrimaCare’s Director of Programs, found us through Zumba.com and reached out to us. We are both registered Zumba instructors, operating under the name Zumba Con GK (which stands for Guillermina and Keylin). Judith told us all about the GVS program and asked us to come and teach, and we immediately said yes!
What made you want to be a part of the program?
When we heard about Grameen VidaSana and how its purpose is to empower and educate women, and to offer them different programs to improve their health, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. Grameen VidaSana’s goals are the same as those of Zumba Con GK.
Was it hard to get members interested in Zumba at first?
Honestly, it was not at all hard to get the women interested. They were already familiar with Zumba, and knew that’s it's a fun and energetic way to exercise. It's a wonderful way to get away from it all and work out each week, a gift they give to themselves.
Have you noticed changes in the members since they first began taking classes?
Yes, we've noticed an improvement in all the members who take our class. Every Tuesday after class they tell us that they feel more energetic overall, and that they can now do many more moves and stretches than they could when they first began Zumba. The smiles we see on their faces make us so proud. It’s these things that make us happy to be a part of this program.
What is your favorite part about working with GVS?
Our favorite part of GVS is that it's more than a health program – it's become a family and wonderful place for these women to spend time.
What would you tell potential members about Grameen VidaSana and what it can offer them?
Grameen VidaSana is a great program that helps all women, no matter their financial position or nationality. Whether they’re looking for health education, Zumba, yoga or ESL classes, this is just an amazing opportunity for them.
GPC In The News
We are excited to announce that Grameen PrimaCare and Grameen VidaSana were recently featured on WYNC and in the Queens Chronicle!
Click here to listen to the story on WNYC.
Click here to read our story in the Queens Chronicle.
This is an amazing time for our organization, and we are so excited to continue spreading the word of our work and mission.
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