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Lindsay Losasso Recognized as Dignity and Respect Champion for Her Work with Diverse Populations
Program & Grants Manager of Squirrel Hill Health Center Works to Clear Barriers Between Language, Culture, Income, and Health Care
 
 As a tireless advocate for empowering Pittsburgh’s diverse population such as refugees, immigrants, and internationals, Lindsay Losasso believes that a crucial part of the human experience is to be treated with dignity and respect.
 
“A lot of people aren’t treated with dignity and respect in a number of situations in their everyday life. To be able to offer that to so many people is important,” Lindsay said.
Nominated by Adriana Dobrzycka, Losasso has been chosen as the March Dignity and Respect Champion for her work as the program & grants manager at the Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC), a comprehensive primary healthcare center that provides the highest quality medical care and social services to everyone in the community with special concern for patients’ religious beliefs, race, national origin, primary language, disability status and more.
 
“Lindsay embodies the values of dignity and respect in her everyday work and her community activities, using her cultural competency and language skills to ensure that the most vulnerable populations has access to quality care and that the providers that serve them are equipped culturally with appropriate tools,” Adriana says.
 
Lindsay lives in Greenfield with her husband.  At the SHHC, she works to put projects and programs into place that will improve the office, services for patients, among others. Along with her multi-lingual staff, she works closely with patients to ensure there are no barriers between income or insurance status and healthcare.
 
“Seeing people come in without any connections to the community and being able to connect them is wonderful. It is great to be making major positive changes.”
Over the last several years, Lindsay has successfully led Translation and Interpretation Sub-Committee of the Department of Human Services Advisory Council for Immigrants and Internationals. Under her leadership, the Sub-Committee, comprised of local service providers serving immigrants and internationals, formulated plans to create Pittsburgh Language Bank.
 
Lindsay feels very honored to be receiving the award and thinks that if everyone treated each other with dignity and respect, the community would benefit in multiple ways.
 
“People operate in silos and wonder why they should care about others, if others don’t care about them. If there was a perceived effort at large that people want to do good things for each other, a community would be more compelled to work together,” she says.
 
The Dignity & Respect Campaign is an awareness campaign designed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect.
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