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Overcoming Barriers & Building Bridges

August 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Building Health Equity & Vaccine Confidence In Latinx Communities Town Hall Series: Overcoming Barriers & Building Bridges

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

“Building Health Equity & Vaccine Confidence In Latinx Communities”

Overcoming Barriers & Building Bridges: The Role of Promotores In Building Health Equity in Latinx Communities

Digital health innovations have been rapidly implemented and scaled to provide solutions to health delivery challenges posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This has provided people with ongoing access to vital health services while minimizing their potential exposure to infection and allowing them to maintain social distancing. However, these solutions may have unintended consequences for health equity in minority communities.

Poverty, lack of access to digital health, poor engagement with digital health for Black and Latinx communities, and barriers to digital health literacy are some factors that can contribute to poor health outcomes. However, there are growing incentives and interest in making digital health interventions part of the solution to reduce health disparities. Now is the time for innovative strategies and bold action that leverage technology to effectively connect vulnerable patients to health information, health promotion, and healthcare services in ways that are scalable and sustainable. Collectively, we have the technology, financial resources, and human capital to make significant improvements in the health of the world’s residents, particularly the most vulnerable among us.

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:

• Yehemy Zavala Orozco

○ Programs Director, Comunidades Unidas/Communities United

• Dulce Díez

○ Director of the Office of Health Disparities (OHD) at Utah Department of Health

• Maria Lemus

○ Executive Director, Visión y Compromiso


• Daniel Turner-Lloveras, MD

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

Yehemy Zavala Orozco

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Yehemy Zavala Orozco has worked for Comunidades Unidas (CU) since 2011, they studied Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). They also have an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Salt Lake Community College. Yehemy has focused its work in the United States on reducing ethnic and immigrant health disparities related to nutrition, food access, mental health reproductive justice, access to clinical care, immigrant rights, LGTBQ+ rights, and women empowerment as promotor organizer. Because of their abilities, in collaboration with 4 Community Health Workers (Oreta Tupola, Jeannette Villalta, Patricia Eisenman and Valerie Tua’one) and the Utah Department of Health, they developed the Community Health Workers (CHW) curriculum to standardize the CHW practices through the state. They were one of the first co-chairs for the Community Health Workers Section through Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) and now serves as an advisor for the section. Their unique qualifications as a member of the immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities, and their outstanding personal drive have enabled them to reach historically underserved populations and in particular the Latinx community.

Dulce Díez

Dulce is the Director of the Office of Health Disparities (OHD) at Utah Department of Health. The office operates with an expanded vision to serve all underserved and underrepresented populations and has become recognized for its innovative, evidence-based approaches and unique community-based participatory research.

Dulce has a Master in Public Health from the University of Utah, School of Medicine. At the National level, she is a fellow at the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the area of translational health disparities research. Dulce has also been involved in the development of the National Partnerships for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), a comprehensive, community-driven plan initiated by the Department of Health and Human Services to combat health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.

Dulce's most recent work focuses on eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity in Utah by developing data driven tools and promising/best practices; fostering evidence-based research and data disaggregation; promoting community-based participatory approach and multi-sectoral collaborations; and creating a Health Equity Work Group at the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) that champions a transformative change by integrating health equity principles and practices into UDOH work internally, with communities, and with outside agencies.

Dulce leads the COVID Communities Partnership Project at the Utah Department of Health. She is also a member of the Governors’ Multicultural Commission COVID Subcommittee where she chairs the Health Equity Workgroup.

Maria Lemus

Maria Lemus is the founding Executive Director of Visión y Compromiso and the Network of Promotoras and Community Health Workers (Network). Under her guidance, Visión y Compromiso has become the lead organization in California providing support, capacity building and leadership development for promotores, community health workers and other community leaders. Since 2000, Ms. Lemus has provided the direction to grow this statewide organization into one that now represents over 4,000 community workers engaged in a diversity of community health programs in clinics, hospitals, public health and mental health departments, schools, faith-based and community-based organizations in 15 rural and urban

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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