“Between the first and later [Mil Familias] meetings, people change. They already know that taking care of themselves and exercising is important. Mil Familias is going to be proud in the future when they see the results because they already put the seeds of change inside of the participants.”
Beatríz (Betty) Angeles joined Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in 2017. Betty is one of the first Mil Familias Promotoras and has been a promotora in other health programs for over 5 years. Betty traces her inspiration to be a promotora back to her mother. During Betty’s childhood years in Peru, her mother would throw “parties” to feed those short on food so that they would not feel it was a handout. Betty carried her mother’s giving spirit with her to college, as many friends would often confide in her about their struggles. Rather than giving out money, she would help people find jobs, information, and resources.
An active parent in the schools of her four children, Betty has decades of experience volunteering as a way to give back to her community. Since then, she has become especially passionate about her work as a promotora because of the need for greater investments within Latino communities. To Betty, education is a crucial part of diabetes prevention and management. She feels that most people are so concerned with taking care of their family that they don’t think about themselves, which is why education will be a foundational part of Mil Familias.