Dr. Obed Ruiz, MD
Resident Doctor on staff, Migrant Services team
“Well, I believe that health is a service that we should all have, regardless of our status. And in a certain way, I have changed cities several times. I understand what it is to arrive in a new city, even if one migrates under completely different circumstances. For the migrants, they migrated for security and economic reasons. Others migrate with a secure job and with sufficient financial resources. So in many ways, I empathize.
Because when you arrive in a city you don’t know anyone. You don’t know the city. Not one person. And it is very difficult to trust people. You don’t know if a stranger can cause you harm, or if the place where you are is safe.
As a migrant, one of the main things you struggle with is access to health care. Because if they get sick, they don’t have someone to support them or help them. And even if they were to have an accident, they have nowhere to turn. I think that Kino offers that support for them. I am pleased to be a part of the team.”