Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58As a physician, she helped families get healthier—one individual at a time. At Taller Puertorriqueño, she’s helping many people at the same time. Numerous research studies show that communities with arts and cultural organizations are safer and healthier, Dr. Febo San Miguel says. For instance, crime rates are lower. The programs at Taller have helped some children stay in school who otherwise would have dropped out, she says. The students also develop self-esteem and pride by learning about their rich heritage. Dr. Febo San Miguel says she knows first- hand that the arts can help people feel better emotionally. They helped her when she first came to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico. “I felt a little bit lost,” she says. “I had no connection to my culture and very few friends.” Philadelphia lacked the “colors of a tropical island,” she says, “and the music I heard on the TV and radio wasn’t the music I was used to.” She was homesick. Carmen Febo San Miguel Building community through art and culture Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel loved practicing medicine. But in 2012, after practicing for 38 years, she gave it up. She had decided she could have a “higher impact on the community” by devoting herself full-time to an organization that was in the midst of a big and important project. She now spends her days running Taller Puertorriqueño and leading its effort to build a new cultural center. Taller is a Philadelphia organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Puerto Rican and Latino culture through music, visual arts, dance, and events such as festivals. Dr. Febo San Miguel grew up in Puerto Rico and came to Philadelphia to finish her medical training. She started her career here, then went home for a number of years before deciding to return. Her patients in the city didn’t have much money and often had a hard time finding a doctor. “Where I practiced in Philadelphia,” she says, “I might be the only doctor who spoke Spanish.” 14 Illustration by Sanaa White, La Salle Academy Healthy News