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From Puerto Rican Cultural Center & Programs

Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition will Celebrate the Coronation of the 2015 Paseo Boricua Cacica Queens Yeveah Altieri and Janet Namer.

By Jorge Cestou, Vida/SIDA

On Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:00 P.M. CST, at Circuit Night Club located at 3641 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and the Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition will crown the 2015 Paseo Boricua Cacica Queens.


Founded in 1972, the PRCC is a non-profit, community-based umbrella institution that seeks to serve the social and cultural needs of Chicago's Latino community. Located in the Humboldt Park community, in the North West Side of Chicago, the PRCC's programs are based on the principles of self-determination, self-actualization and critical thought, and an ethic of self-reliance best expressed in the motto, "To live and help to live."


The Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition, a project of the PRCC, was founded in January of 2015 to address issues affecting the trans community in Chicago.


2015 Cacica Queen

Jesús Hernández Burgos aka Yeveah Altieri will be crowned as the 2015 Cacica Queen. Jesús was born in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico and she's also known as Yeveah Altieri, a drag queen performer.  Jesús is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology (DrPH) at Ponce Health Sciences University.


2015 Honorary Cacica Queen

Janet Namer will be crowned as the 2015 Honorary Cacica Queen.  Janet Namer is known as Madrina and also as La Dama de Cuba (The Lady of Cuba).  Janet was born in Cuba and through the Mariel Boatlift in May 16, 1980 exited Cuba.  She settled in Miami, FL, and in New York City before making Chicago her home. Janet is the promoter of Miss Latina Continental and the radio host of El Show de Madrina at 1450 AM and at www.planetaXLive.com.


The coronation of the 2015 Paseo Boricua Cacica Queens event is a fundraising event. All funds raised will benefit the Chicago Chapter of the Translatin@ Coalition.


Tickets to the event are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door.  To purchase tickets you may contact Pedro Mercado at (773) 278-6737 or via email at pedrom@prcc-chgo.org.


To sponsor the event, you may fill out the attached sponsorship form and make your check to Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The completed form and check need to be mailed or delivered to Juan Calderon at 2546 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622.

Vida/SIDA and City of Chicago Collaboration Testing Collaboration
By Ricardo Jiménez, VidaSIDA

During the month of June 5 to July 5, 2015, Vida/SIDA will partake in a City of Chicago Collaboration for testing 5,000 person during the mentioned time. During June, tell friends, family and other to Get Tested.... Know your Status.  All VidaSIDA satellite locations will be participating in this endeavor.


Health Education at the 

Diabetes Empowerment Center Every Wednesday!

By Leony Calderón

Health Education Every Wednesday, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Manage, Control and Prevent Diabetes.  Ask Doctors, Residents, Nutritionist, Pharmacist and Dietitian Your Pressing Health Questions.

Weekly Topics

  • *       Diabetes 101
  • *       Medication Education
  • *       Nutrition Class
  • *       Intro to Diabetes & How the Body Works
  • *       Protecting Your Eyes
  • *       Protecting Your Feet
  • *       Oral Health
  • *       Using The Glucose Meter & Meds
  • *       Heart Health Education
  • *       Physical Activity and Diabetes

Diabetes Empowerment Center, 2753 W. Division St. 773-342-0855

Free and Bilingual.


Educación de Salud todos los Miércoles de 12:00pm a 1:00pm

Manege, Controle y Prevenga la Diabetes. Haga Preguntas a los Médicos, Residentes, Nutricionistas, Farmacéuticos y Dietista Acerca de Su de Salud.

Temas Semanales

  • *       Diabetes 101
  • *       Educación Medicamentos
  • *       Clase de Nutrición
  • *       Introducción a la Diabetes y Cómo funciona el cuerpo
  • *       Proteja sus ojos
  • *       La protección de sus pies
  • *       Salud Oral
  • *       Uso del medidor de glucosa y Medicamentos
  • *       Educación para la Salud del Corazón
  • *       Actividad física y la diabetes 

Gratuito y Bilingüe.

Centro de Empoderamiento Contra la Diabetes, 2753 W. Division St. 773-342-0855


Job Openings at Puerto Rican Cultural Center



Organization: Puerto Rican Cultural Center


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1973 to serve the social and cultural needs of Chicago's underserved communities.



Position 1: Mental Health Linkage to Care and Retention Specialist


Job Description: As part of the Mental Health Community Services team, the Linkage to Care and Retention Specialist conducts outreach to identify chronic mentally ill persons, particularly Latin@s and African Americans, who are not actively engaged in mental health treatment, engages them for the purpose of determining program eligibility, and if eligible enrolls them in the program and facilitates linkage to mental health care and provide support to ensure retention in care. Will provide individualized client support by helping each client develop a plan to address individual and environmental barriers to reengagement, linkage, and retention in mental health care. Utilizes the case management model ARTAS (Anti-­-Retroviral Treatment And Access To Services), which has been adapted for use with the target population, to engage in, link to, and retain clients in mental health care.


Position 2:  Mental Health Community Services Program Coordinator


Job Description: A Mental Health Coordinator provides clinical and administration supervision

and direction to mental health staff in the PRCC Mental Health Community Services Program,

which is funded by the Chicago Department of Mental Health. In addition, will provide

oversight of mental health support services across other programs in the organization. Also, may

provide mental health care services to clients and mental health supervision/consultation to

program/organization personnel. 

Download responsibilities and contact info.

Position 3Psychosocial Support/Substance Abuse Counselor - Ryan White Program

Job Description: To facilitate substance abuse counseling and psychosocial support. The counselor will develop personalized care and recovery plans that help to establish healthy behaviors and coping skills to HIV positive individuals that also suffer from Substance Use Disorders (SUDS). 

Download responsibilities and contact info.

On Sale Now

November Chicago Magazine "Why José López Stands Between Gentrification and Humboldt Park"

Be sure to pick up the November issue of Chicago Magazine, which features an interview by Puerto Rican Cultural Center ED José E. López conducted by Elly Fishman.

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  • From Our Community Partners

    Thank You for Your Support!

    Dear Friends,

    For the past 43 years Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School has served as a beacon of hope and possibilities for the diverse communities in the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Chicago. This small, alternative school has truly become what Latin American educational philosopher Paulo Freire called " a critical space for the development of cultural workers" where students are encouraged to engage with the issues of the day, particularly the generative themes of their own lives and the experiences of their community.


    Though the school has faced many challenges it has become a sound academic institution serving 180 students a year, graduating 95% of its seniors and ranked as a 1+ school, the highest tier on the CPS school rankings. Our school offers an Urban Agriculture program with three different community gardens and a beautiful green house. Young mothers have an opportunity to finish their high school diploma through the Family Learning Center, which offers their children on-site pre-school services. When students enroll, the school provides them with a counselor to help ease their transition and prepares them for their post-secondary lives.


    Recently, steep budget cuts have jeopardized the fiscal future of the school. The School has not been able to find sufficient revenue to meet these gaps. We will need to address a $130,000 shortfall by June 1, or we will be forced to cut services. 


    Please help by sending your contributions by mail: 2739 West Division Street Chicago IL  60622

    or Click here and go to our web site Donate Button.


    Thank you in advance for making a donation to our remarkable school and supporting its future.

    All donations are tax deductible.

    Please send your contributions by mail to: 

        Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos H.S.

        2739 West Division Street Chicago IL  60622


    Click here and go to our web site Donate Button.

    The Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera has 

    its own e-newsletter- The Water's Edge/La Orilla del Mar

    Published every two weeks- next issue will be published 4-20-2015

    View past issues here.


    WRITE TO OSCAR LOPEZ, #87651-024

    FCI Terre Haute,  PO Box 33

    Terre Haute, IN,  47808 

    Puerto Rican Cultural Center
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    "Live and Help to Live"