5210 River Circle
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have devoted my entire professional career to improving the environmental and occupational health of disenfranchised populations through community outreach, educational and training programs and policy initiatives. At Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), I am part of the executive management team and serve as the Director of Environmental and Occupational Health. With MCN, I have established a nationally recognized initiative to integrate occupational and environmental medicine into primary care. This effort aims to reduce risks associated with environmental and occupational hazards by improving clinical knowledge and practice as well as community outreach and education. It also involves extensive partnerships with government agencies, health centers and community organizations. I have been a national leader in bringing the culturally appropriate train-the-trainer model with promotores de salud (lay health workers) to environmental health efforts to educate vulnerable communities about hazards and ways to reduce risks. Together with MCN, I received the EPA Regional Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award for our projects that help farmworker families minimize their exposures to environmental hazards. Prior to my current position, I directed several programs on both sides of the US-Mexico Border. I served for six years on the federal advisory committee to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs and was actively involved in ATSDR’s National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. All of my efforts enable me to offer a strong voice to improve policies and programs that address the health and safety of migrant workers and their families.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.