Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
Preferably rural and insular populations, low income, preferably mestizo (Spanish-williche-chon) and in other indigenous places (Chon-williche) organized into neighborhood associations, indigenous associations, sports clubs, health groups, health committees etc. With tendency to aging and a epidemiological profile of chronic diseases, with populations in constant migration, with increased mental health problems and with their own culturally important resources such as family and community strategies specific to the native culture that pose a significant sociocultural and protective matrix but currently weak as a product of biomedical and hegemonic health models.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Health physician with experience in sociocultural health through years of work with indigenous Mapuche communities, developing health care and research with a multicultural focus on issues of cultural identity. Ashoka Fellow.
The inspiration comes from looking at how communities and families articulate knowledge in a context of strong cultural identities, it is possible to develop as sustainable society and cultural autonomy.