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Gagliardi to present in Kiwanis speaker series

The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis Club has announced a new monthly speakers series beginning on Monday, January 24 at its 7:00 p.m. meeting. The first speaker in the series will be Yeimi {Jaime) K. Gagliardi, a Latino health educator in Adams County for WellSpan Health and chairperson for the Latino Services Task Force and the Tobacco Prevention Task Force of Healthy Adams County where she leads and collaborates, with other community-based organizations, in the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives to reach underserved communities in Adams County.

In Adams County, she has overseen several initiatives including early childhood education, health literacy, family planning and reproductive health, addiction and recovery and access to healthcare.

Gagliardi will be speaking about Manos Unidas and its contributions to Adams County. Immigrants have been part of Adams County for generations and have contributed to the community’s social and economic fabric and prosperity. Currently, close to 6% of the population in Adams County is of Hispanic descent. The majority work in our agricultural, food processing, and tourism industry. In 2007, group leaders from WellSpan Health, Healthy Adams County, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and others collaborated in founding Manos Unidas, the Hispanic American Center to provide a more inclusive and welcoming community for immigrant families.

Since then, Manos Unidas has provided programs including educational sessions about how to become U.S. Citizens, after-school programs for children K-12, youth empowering programs, English as a Second Language Classes, GED preparation classes, Tax Preparation Services, Immigration navigation services, and social service programs including a local food pantry to serve Spanish speaking families. Manos Unidas partners with many community-based organizations, including SCCAP, Gettysburg College Center for Public Services, Family First Health, Head Start, Migrant Education, Vida Charter School, to make sure families in Adams County are safe and thriving. Their goal is to join diverse cultures and open our doors to all regardless of where they come from. 

Gagliardi graduated from Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá, Colombia with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Finance and Foreign Trade and holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University in Washington D.C. She is a certified English to Spanish translator, certified personal trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine and Car Safety Technician from Safe Kids Worldwide and has 20 years of experience working with Latino communities in the United States. Gagliardi is currently a board member at the Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, the YWCA of Adams County, Hispanic American Center-Manos Unidas and the bilingual Vida Charter School in Adams County. She collaborates with Penn State Extension as a member of the Adams County Council.

The meeting will take place at Destination Gettysburg (1560 Fairfield Road) at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 24 and is open to members of the public interested in finding out more about Kiwanis and service to our community. Kiwanis requests that all unvaccinated attendees wear a mask. For further information, contact Myra Reichart at mrreuichart@comcast.met or 717-398-2684.

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  • Such an excellent, informative article! I’ve always wanted to know more about Manos Unidos, but can’t attend the event Monday. So it’s especially helpful to be filled in by G.C… Judy Young

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