Hortensia Amaro

3rd Annual Women of Courage – Lifetime Achievement Award for Hortensia Amaro

At the age of ten, Amaro’s family forfeited everything to flee their native Cuba for a public housing development in Los Angeles. There, Amaro became keenly aware of the obstacles that people in urban communities had to overcome to access housing, health care, education, and support services for a variety of public health issues, including substance abuse, domestic violence, and prenatal care.