Calpo named "community hero" by Rotary Club of Sacramento
Aida Calpo, a nurse manager at UC Davis Health System for more than 25 years, has been chosen as a "community hero" by the Rotary Club of Sacramento in recognition of her many efforts to promote equal opportunity and diversity.
Calpo received the award at the Rotary of Sacramento Heroes Day event in June at the Radisson Hotel. She is among three individuals who received the award, which is intended to "recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things to make where we live and work better than it would be without them."
"Aida has spent a lifetime serving patients in need in the community and hospital setting, and she is truly a servant leader, as well as a talented registered nurse," said Ann Madden Rice, Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Medical Center. "She is a perfect example of avocation and vocation meshing for a tremendous amount of good."
— Ann Madden Rice, UC Davis Medical Center CEO
Among the many activities to which Calpo has contributed many hours of volunteer duty over the years are the Pacific Rim Festival and the Filipino Fiesta, which celebrate the cultural contributions of the Asian population in Sacramento. Calpo has received many community and university awards in recognition of her contributions to equal opportunity and diversity committees at UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento.
Calpo regularly staffs first aid stations at marathons and other public events, using the time as an opportunity to provide health education to participants. She is widely known as the key person to contact for finding registered nurses to volunteer at health fairs in the Sacramento region.
At-risk patients in the Sacramento area are a priority with Calpo. Recognizing the health disparities caused by the many different languages spoken in the diverse Sacramento population, Calpo created a team of nurses at UC Davis Medical Center whose sole duties revolve around helping patients with limited English navigate their way around the medical center, from admission to discharge. The Transcultural Linguistic Care Nurse Program consists of five nurses who are fluent in the top three non-English languages spoken by patients at the medical center: Spanish, Russian and Hmong.
Calpo is in great demand to speak internationally on cross-cultural competency. Her latest engagement was at the Korean National Health Care Conference in Tokyo, Japan.