MEET THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Edith Brancho-Sanchez, MD
Pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Bracho-Sanchez frequently appears on CNN and other media as a medical expert and hosts Las Doctoras Recomiendan podcast distributed by Univision.
Ana G. Cepin, MD
Obstetrician-gynecologist and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She also serves as Director of Community Women's Health and Co-Director of the Ob/Gyn Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Marielena Chacon, Promotora
Community health worker within the Center for Community Health Navigation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Ms. Chacon is based at the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save babies and help women take charge of their reproductive, social, and economic lives. As a community health worker, she works closely with clinical and community colleagues throughout New York City to bridge gaps in care for patients and their loved ones and to empower them with the information, tools, and resources they need to improve their – and their family’s – health and well-being.
Hector Flores, MD
Family practice physician and long-time advocate for the medically underserved, Dr. Flores co-founded and continues to serve as the medical director of the Family Care Specialists Medical Group in East Los Angeles. In addition, he is the chairman of White Medical Center’s (WMMC) Department of Family Medicine and a founding member of the WMMC Family Medicine Residency Program.
Lupe Gonzalez, Promotora
Ms. Gonzalez has been a promotora for twenty-five years. She coordinates community outreach and education for Visión y Compromiso, a nationally respected organization based in Los Angeles dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underrepresented communities.
Carlina Lantigua, Promotora
Promotora/community health worker for New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in partnership with CAMBA Inc., a Brooklyn-based non-profit social service organization that serves a large immigrant and refugee population. Ms. Lantigua also does community outreach for the CHW Adult Program at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Susana Morales, MD
A primary care doctor and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Morales joined the Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian faculty in 1998 and is Vice Chair for Diversity of the Department of Medicine. She is the Director of the Diversity Center of Excellence of the Cornell Center for Health Equity. She is a board member of the United Hospital Fund and the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Ilan Shapiro, MD, FAAP, FACHE
Pediatrician and Medical Director of Health Education & Wellness for AltaMed Health Services, a federally-qualified health center in Southern California. He is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and regularly appears on national and international media discussing medical issues. Dr. Shapiro is a founding member of This Is Our Shot and Vacunate Ya, a grassroots campaign to elevate physicians’ voices around the COVID vaccines.
Sonia Valdez, DNP, APRN
Nurse practitioner managing post-acute programs at UC Irvine Medical Center. She is also the current President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Executive Secretary and President of the Los Angeles Chapter. Her career has focused on helping patients, nursing students, and serving the Hispanic community.
Jason Villarreal, MSN, RN, NP-BC
Nurse practitioner at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center. Mr. Villarreal specializes in treatment and prevention of HIV, Hepatitis B and C. His clinical interests include addressing the unique clinical and cultural needs affecting provision of care to members of the GLBTQ communities, Latinx individuals, active substance users, homeless persons, and other historically underserved individuals.