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September 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

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Join The Latino Coalition Against COVID-19 and our coalition partners to celebrate past victories and discuss the challenges ahead. The Latino Coalition Against COVID-19 virtual town hall series.

Building Health Equity & Vaccine Confidence In Latinx Communities Town Hall Series

Mensajeros/as de Confianza

This virtual event will be for all those interested in building health equity and an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Latinx communities. The goal is to effectively equip individuals to connect with those in their communities to share accurate health information regarding COVID-19.

Join us as we discuss the role of transformative research and examples of health innovation that address health disparities and advance health equity for all.

Featured Speakers:

• Cecilia Rosales MD, MS

○ Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Outreach, Associate Dean-

Phoenix Programs

○ Professor & Chair of the Division of Public Health Practice & Translational Research

• Venus Ginés, M.A. P/CHWI,

○ President/Founder, Día de la Mujer Latina Inc


• Daniel Turner-Lloveras, MD

○ The Latino Coalition Against COVID-19, Chair & Founding Member


• Cecilia Rosales MD, MS

○ Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Outreach, Associate Dean-

Phoenix Programs

○ Professor & Chair of the Division of Public Health Practice & Translational Research

Dr. Rosales serves as Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Outreach and Associate Dean for Phoenix Campus. In addition, she is a tenured Professor and Department Head of Public Health Practice & Translational Research in Phoenix.

Dr. Rosales has 30 years’ experience in the areas of program development and implementation, public health administration and policy, and health disparities research related to the Southwest and border region. Her understanding of the region has resulted in a unique contribution to the body of knowledge associated with border and binational health in general, and has strengthened community-based participatory research and collaboration in the Southwest.

She is known for her deep understanding of the context in which the public health infrastructure can be strengthened at the local, state, national and binational level to address the issues of health disparities in this region.

Dr. Rosales serves as the private sector co-chair of the Health Services Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. She also served as a member of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission representing Arizona for 10 years. The Border Health Commission, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Governors and the state health departments in Arizona and Sonora have benefited from her innovative and creative strategies for strengthening the public-health infrastructure in this region.

Dr. Rosales has developed a strong academic and community network created through her years of research, practice and service. Dr. Rosales strives to bring and work together with a multidisciplinary and binational cadre of interested parties, including academics, non-profit, and other governmental officials.

Dr. Rosales is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Ventanillas de Salud (Health Windows) program. The Advisory Board received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government in 2018 for improving the quality of life for low-income and immigrant Mexican populations in the U.S. by improving access to basic preventive health services.

Since 2016, the Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit program, which grew from the Ventanillas de Salud, provides free preventive health services to the uninsured and underinsured. Today, the program has 11 Mobile Health Units in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, and Tucson. Dr.

Rosales is Principal Investigator and Director of the Primary Prevention Mobile Health Unit program in Arizona and works with a team of interprofessional students and faculty from the UA Health Sciences in Phoenix and Tucson to provide outreach and preventive services to community.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Dr. Rosales and the Mobile Health Unit team have worked diligently within the community to educate on the COVID-19, provide testing and vaccination as well as continuing to provide basic health screenings, among other services to the hard to reach and communities of color within the state. Through internal funding from the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Dr. Rosales established the MOVE-UP initiative. The goal is to improve COVID-19 vaccination uptake and reduce health inequities in vulnerable, hard to reach populations using mobile units that administer vaccines, provide education on COVID-19 transmission and prevention strategies to protect family members living in the same household. The mobile units also provide primary and preventive care and refer to other health and social services as appropriate. Collaborating with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Mexican Consulate Offices in Arizona, county health departments, and rural health providers can bring these educational, technological resources and vaccines to the community as opposed to having hard to reach residents come to us in Phoenix or Tucson.

Dr. Rosales completed this year (2021), in collaboration with El Colegio de Sonora and the Secretaria de Salud de Sonora, a 5-year National Institutes of Health grant titled, Tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease and complications in the diabetic population of Mexico. The research project aimed to test the effectiveness of certain tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease and complications from diabetes. The goal is to scale up the intervention to the national level within Mexico and along the US-Mexico border region.

Currently, Dr. Rosales is Co-Principal Investigator on the multidisciplinary “Binational Studies of the Environment and Asthma in Mexico and the United States” (BEAMS) Program, which seeks to characterize environmental factors that prevent childhood asthma by building on a powerful natural experiment. Our preliminary data show that despite similar genetic ancestries and a negligible geographic distance (<100 miles), Mexican children born in Nogales, Sonora have drastically lower asthma prevalence and higher levels of microbial exposure compared to Mexican American children born in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Rosales will oversee the Mexican arm of the study in collaboration with Dr. Gudelia Rangel from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and the Secretaria de Salud of Sonora.

Dr. Rosales brings a passionate commitment to the elimination of health disparities, mentoring of students, and encouraging the pursuit of health sciences majors and interprofessional opportunities for students. She also supports the integration of community and public health into all missions of the UA, UA Health Sciences and MEZCOPH. In addition, provides leadership, guidance and assistance to the Dean of MEZCOPH and Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors on public health education, service, and research programs within MEZCOPH at the University of Arizona.

Venus Ginés, M.A. P/CHWI,

President/Founder, Día de la Mujer Latina Inc

Ms. Venus Ginés, a 29-year breast cancer survivor, who in 2017 after 25 years of survivorship suffered a recurrence. In 2018, Venus retired as a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, teaching cultural competence and health literacy, as well as conducting research on Latino medical mistrust.

From her personal experience with breast cancer and her sister’s untimely death to cervical cancer, Venus founded Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc., (DML), in 1997 as a national non-profit organization, celebrating its signature health fiesta in 40 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, providing the medically underserved Latina community with culturally and linguistically proficient health education, early detection screening for cancer and other chronic diseases, culturally-tailored preventive programs for Latino teens and patient-centered navigation. She also trained 4512 Promotores/Community Health Workers (P/CHWs) in Texas alone. Venus is a State Certified Instructor of P/CHWs with DML being the first approved bilingual Texas State-Sponsored Certification Training Program. She developed a bilingual training curriculum on the subject matters that affect Latinas disproportionately such as Dispelling Myths and Rumors about Women’s Cancers, STDs, Patient-Centered Care, Mental Health, and more recently on COVID -19, Clinical Trials and Vaccines. On April 9, 2020, she launched the Telehealth Community Navigation Program, Behavioral Health Community Navigator, and in December 2020, the Clinical Trial Community Navigation training, preparing.

Daniel Turner-Lloveras, MD

Dr. Turner-Lloveras is a practicing clinician-educator and a founding member of The Latino Coalition Against COVID-19. He received his medical degree from The University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine and after completing his residency training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, he joined the National Health Service Corps Scholar, serving as a primary care provider in the communities of Watts and Skid Row.

His research centers on building digital health equity by studying the impact of the digital divide and developing interventions that promote digital literacy, skills development, and digital inclusion. In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Turner-Lloveras is the founder of SaludConTech, an organization that empowers its members to build technology-assisted community-based solutions that promote wellness and eliminate health inequities in the Latinx community. Its annual symposium highlights population health-based approaches that utilize technology to promote wellness and eliminate health inequities in the Latinx community.

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