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Nacogdoches' Hispanic Health Alliance hopes to serve as bridge between needs, services

Hispanic leaders in Nacogdoches have formed El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance. (Source: KTRE Staff) Hispanic leaders in Nacogdoches have formed El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The alliance will have its first major function with the gathering of more than 30 vendors who offer services to everyone. (Source: KTRE Staff) The alliance will have its first major function with the gathering of more than 30 vendors who offer services to everyone. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The goal is form a bridge between needs and services. El Puente means the bridge. (Source: KTRE Staff) The goal is form a bridge between needs and services. El Puente means the bridge. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Just one of many Bruce Partain's objectives is an all-inclusive business community. A new alliance formed by Hispanic community leaders is doing just that.

It's called the El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance. El puente means the bridge. It symbolizes a resource destination for the Hispanic community.

Julio Colegio is a proud Hispanic man making Nacogdoches home. 

"I just want to tell you a little about it, about my body shop. I've been having this business since, five years,” Colegio, a business owner and a member of the El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance.

JC Auto Sales and Body Shop is providing careers for family and skilled employees. The success is fulfilling a dream for Marcela Coe in the creation of El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance.

"The alliance is serving as a bridge between the Hispanic community and those organizations willing to serve them,” said Marcella Coe, a member of the El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance.

More than 30 organizations have agreed to help, including the Mexican Consulate from Dallas. They'll gather Sunday at Campos Azteca, a large soccer complex owned by Colegio.

“You can tell the hunger for a better community,” Colegio said. “We don't want gangs. We don't want crimes. It's a privilege for me as the owner of Campos Azteca to participate, you know, with El Puente."

The fields were empty Thursday, but for the last two years they've been nothing but full.

“We probably have an average of at least four to five hundred people, sometimes even more than that,” Colegio said.

It will be perfect place and time to disseminate valuable information organized by the Hispanic Health Alliance.

"We have great support not only from our Hispanic community but the community at large,” Coe said. “The Anglo community is very vested in the Hispanic community, so to us it's important not to look at it as a two separate entities, but to look at it as a whole."

Nacogdoches Medical Center is the alliance founder. Following communication, health is the Hispanic community’s biggest concern. 

“That there are a lot of people out there, women, that need to get more information or just don't do that because they are not aware of what our community has for us,” Coe said.

The list of vendors is long, diversified, and varied. The organizations and businesses will help El Puente in a shared goal.

The only competition found at Sunday's event will be on the soccer fields.

El Puente Hispanic Health Alliance gets underway Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be some top soccer teams to watch, lots of good food, games for the children and even a soccer shootout with soccer balls as prizes.

The entire community is invited to Campos Azteca located at 726 Ponderosa Drive. From Highway 59 South, go East on Spradley Street. It should be a lot of fun.

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