Short Film and Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve Larson of Puentes de Salud, clinic featured in Clínica de Migrantes


Location: Lower Level McKenna Hall (View on map )

Steve Larson

Interested in serving Latino communities as a health care provider?  This event is for you!

Clínica de Migrantes paints a compassionate portrait of patients at Puentes de Salud, many of whom left their families behind to perform physically exhausting labor in America for meager wages, and follows the tireless staffers who treat around 10,000 patients each year with limited space and little funding. As Puentes plans a larger facility to accommodate rapidly increasing demand, executive director Dr. Steve Larson and his team must find a way to keep their practice running despite obstacles at every turn.


Steven Larson, MD, is a cofounder and the Executive Director of Puentes de Salud. He is assistant dean for Global Health Programs and an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Larson has developed an extensive working knowledge of the health care issues facing immigrant populations in the United States and in under-served populations worldwide. Since 1988 he has immersed himself in the history of Central America and examined the impact of politics, geography, economics and religion on health care. He visits frequently and has many personal and professional contacts throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador. In 1993 Dr. Larson established Frontline Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to help students and residents explore the complex issues facing underserved populations. In 1999, with the goal of collaborating nationally with other medical educators committed to global health, Dr. Larson joined IHMEC, the International Health Medical Education Consortium (now GHEC). In 2000 he was elected to its Governing Council. Through this relationship, Dr. Larson has identified an expanded range of clinical and research opportunities for Penn medical students over the past 10 years. Dr. Larson also serves as the faculty advisor for the student-run Global Health Interest Group.

This event is part of the Institute's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

Light refreshments provided.


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Additional information about the film can be found here.