EPES' educational approach is based on theories of popular education, especially the historic contribution of Paolo Freire, the Brazilian educator who insisted that every educational process has an ideological foundation.
In training health promoters, EPES starts with a critical examination of the traditional biological or clinical view of health and suggests a broader definition which includes psychological, economic and social well-being, all linked to the right to a human dignity.
The founders of EPES also were inspired by the world health conference which took place in the city of Alma-Ata (now Kazakstan) in 1978.
And EPES helps me do that, not with food or a house, but in developing myself as a person."
Revealing EPES' Origins: The Pro-Democracy Movement
EPES began its work in the poor neighborhoods of the country's capital, Santiago, and the southern city of Concepcion in the early 1980s, at the time of the emergence of a movement to restore democracy, interrupted by the 1973 military coup against the Socialist president Salvador Allende.
In the midst of this dynamic social mobilization, EPES formed the first of its local health promotion teams.
And out-of-state companies with a presence in Arkansas are now able to use Kutak Rock for business with its Arkansas offices, Epes says.
Epes uses Kutak Rock's national presence to help in approaching new clients that no one in the firm now represents.
Epes wouldn't say how much more work is being done or how much revenue the Little Rock office has been able to add since the addition of the Rose lawyers.
Epes says the timing of the Rose lawyers' move to Kutak Rock was perfect for him.