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Loss Drives Latina to Champion Women’s Health

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, we’re featuring Perla Ledesma (above photo, far right)—a program participant turned staff member who is helping create a culture of prevention in her community. When Perla Ledesma lost three generations of women in her family to cancer, she could have dwelled on asking why. Instead, she focused on how to help. [...]

From Pregnant and Abused to a Community Health Advocate

Marce was pregnant and escaping an abusive relationship when she came to live with her siblings in San Diego. She had been abused throughout her pregnancy and courageously decided to leave her husband and start fresh. Marce visited a community clinic for prenatal visits and was referred to our California Border Healthy Start PLUS Program [...]

Girls Only! – Empowering Young Girls to be Strong

By Ashley Dittmar PCI empowers people around the world to lift themselves out of poverty and to live happier, healthier lives. As a PCI fundraiser based in San Diego, I’ve seen first-hand how our local programs have made a meaningful impact with the communities where we work and the impact philanthropy has made on the [...]

Ensuring a Healthy Future for Families in San Diego

By Christa Davis and Dr. Maria Lourdes F. Reyes We’ve all experienced the discomfort of a hygiene “incident”: running out of soap before showering, forgetting to brush our teeth, or needing to change our baby’s diaper only to realize we’ve used the last diaper in the pack! These occurrences are annoying, but also manageable. But [...]

Leveraging Partnerships to Fight Diabetes

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7, and this year’s theme is around diabetes awareness, prevention and scaling up treatment of the disease that affects 422 million people worldwide. More than 50 years ago, PCI was founded in the U.S./Mexico border region. Since 2004, our US & Border Program (US&BP) has helped [...]