Champion of Change

Miriam’s resume reads like that of a champion player - earning her MD, later her masters from John Hopkins in Public Health, pulling down a PhD from UNC in Nutritional Epidemiology, post-doc as NIH National Research Scientist Award,  serving 10 distinguished years as Executive Director of Community Health Mission in Savannah which assisted over 18,000 uninsured low-income adults.  

But she is more than a champion player, acing her game.  She has been called, in fact, a Champion of Change.  

Dr. Miriam Urizar Rittmeyer has never forgotten her native Guatemala where she grew up the eldest in a house full of children.  Not only is she championing the poor in the US, she has also returned to Guatemala to raise the level of education for rural girls.  To that end, she exercised her creative brain and designed beautiful cotton-gauze scarves, seared with the intricate designs of the local huipiles, or blouses, whichindigenous women weave in Guatemala.  

ibu is honored to offer, for a time, these proud, gorgeous scarves.  The proceeds of these scarves will go toward funding young Mayan girls education in Guatemala.  Each scarf comes with it’s own box and a description of the huipile weaving it depicts.  Such a lovely gift - Mother’s Day - any day.  

But not just that.  Even as she is celebrated for her excellence in service and medicine, even as she galvanizes the young girls of Guatemala, Miriam has never stopped expressing her passion in new ways. - in music, poetry, painting. And now, in her spare moments, through a new love ofjewelry-making.

We’re so happy that Miriam’s son brought her to ibu to make a connection.  I found online an essay which he wrote when he was young: Why My Mother is My Hero.  I think I understand

All the Best,
Susan Hull Walker