February 2017: Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Michelle-Bouchard

Friends,

In the beginnings of HealthCorps, we struggled with what to call our young people working full time in high schools. They weren’t “teachers”. They weren’t just “Corps members”. They went far beyond educating students and fulfilling their mission of spreading their messages of fitness, nutrition and resilience. They also brought all kinds of different stakeholders together, many who had previously been at odds with one another, through their endeavors. So we settled on “Coordinator” because we felt as though this would give those interested in HealthCorps a wider understanding of what they did.

Our philosophy of bringing people together permeates HealthCorps culture – and you can see that reflected in our monthly newsletters and activities. We bring together stakeholders from all walks of life, all vocations, all cultures, regions, religions, race and politics to work towards the common cause of giving young Americans a greater shot at health and happiness.

In Texas, we are partnering with medical students from all 11 Texas medical schools – as well as the Texas Medical Association, The American College of Emergency Physicians, The Emergency Medicine Residents Association, The Texas Medical Center and more. We will bring together supporters with widely diverse levels of creativity in our first Texas fundraiser this spring– The Houston Charity Hat Walk. We are bringing nutrition experts from our partner Atkins Nutritionals together with our charter school Ginn Academy and its wonderful philanthropic partner Forest City Ratner, the Cleveland Clinic and more. We are collaborating with 5 organizations in the largest county in the US – San Bernardino – to bring our curriculum to their students in need. We will bring together some of the most famous and successful stakeholders in the world of wellness at our Annual Gala in NYC on April 3rd. 

This is what we do. And you are as much a part of this collaboration as any of us on the staff. Thank you for helping us bring people and resources together to work beyond their differences for the sake of our future. Its going to be a great month.

 

In gratitude,

Michelle Bouchard

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