JARI & DORA
A goal set and achieved
Jari Cortes Gadea (left) first met Family Case Manager Dora Palma when she was an 11-year-old patient in the Aquí Para Ti ("Here For You") program. In her role as parent educator, Dora meets with parents of APT patients who are mostly immigrants struggling to navigate parenting in this country. Based out of Whittier Clinic, APT provides services to Latino youth ages 10-24 years and their families with a focus on mental health, family relationships, school success, and preventing teen pregnancy and STIs. "I knew I could trust them with anything," said Jari. APT also challenges teens to make healthy choices and set goals. "The program has made me who I am," said Jari. Recently Jari achieved her goal to be employed by HCMC where she works in Patient Access Services. She one day aspires to work alongside APT staff to make a difference for others like her.