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Your Support Can Shape a Brighter Future for Latino Communities

As 2023 draws to a close, we at the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) take a moment to reflect on the strides we’ve made and the journey ahead. This year has been pivotal in advancing our mission to enhance the lives of Latino communities through informed policy and active engagement.

2023: A Year of Impactful Initiatives​

This year, LPI collaborated with Common Cause Rhode Island during a series of events called “Demystifying Democracy,” in which participants learned about local and state government aspects. This partnership allowed us to open the doors to Spanish-speaking participants to learn how to become involved and informed about civic engagement.

In 2023, our collaboration with the Latino Mental Health Network of Rhode Island and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island blossomed as we embarked on a groundbreaking project to support Latino and multicultural professionals in the mental and behavioral health workforce. Our research and advocacy have highlighted this vital sector’s unique challenges and needs.

Additionally, we’ve made significant progress in our educational endeavors, focusing on the barriers and opportunities in higher education for Latino students. Through our partnership with Rhode Island College and a dedicated 18-member workgroup, we’ve delved deep into data analysis, laying the groundwork for a comprehensive report due in early 2024. This study is not just research; it’s a roadmap for systemic change.

LPI advocated for the successful passage of the Equality in Abortion Care Act, which eliminates a past policy that denied health coverage for abortion to individuals within the state Medicaid program, and that work for the state. Historically, bans on health coverage for abortion have had a disparate impact on communities of color, low-income Rhode Islanders, young people, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.

This year has been about impactful initiatives and profound progress, marking a significant milestone in our journey – our independence from Roger Williams University. This step symbolizes a new era of growth and autonomy, enabling us to delve deeper into issues impacting Latino communities in Rhode Island and throughout the nation. 

Looking Forward: 2024 and Beyond

As we turn the page to 2024, our focus sharpens on the challenges and opportunities that await. Our commitment to the Latino community remains steadfast, with initiatives planned to further delve into education, healthcare, and economic empowerment. Yet, our vision for the future is only one we can achieve with others.

Your support and collaboration are the keystones of our success. We invite you and your organization to partner in this meaningful journey. Whether through financial contributions, expertise sharing, or community engagement, your involvement can significantly impact the lives of many.

Your partnership will enable us to:

  • Continue our critical research and advocacy work.
  • Develop and implement policies that genuinely make a difference.
  • Foster an environment where Latino communities can thrive.

Looking Forward: 2024 and Beyond

As we bid farewell to 2023, we invite you to participate in this transformative journey. Your contribution, large or small, will be instrumental in shaping a future where Latino communities can realize their full potential.

Please visit or contact us directly to discuss partnership opportunities.

Together, let’s make 2024 a year of unparalleled progress and hope. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to what we can achieve together.

Warm regards,

Marcela Betancur
Executive Director
Latino Policy Institute 

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