Latest Events – Latino Health Summit

Diversity Panel (Diversidades Training Workshop)

Plenary session


Participants Reception

My client, the Hispanic Health Coalition (HHCGA) was founded in 1990 to promote health equity for all Hispanic children and adults by empowering, educating and advocating for healthy communities throughout Georgia.

In the last 2 years, it has grown exponentially under the leadership of her Executive Director (and dear friend) Heidy Guzman.

Only in 2012, the HHCGA has put together 3 fantastic events covering the areas of education and advocacy, empowerment and outreach.

This post is about the Latino Health Summit.  We put together a high-level event in which participants were expected to listen, learn and work toward bridging the gap of health disparities in Georgia.  This event, also served as a platform to launch the GA Latino Health Report (available to download for FREE here), a collaborative effort of HHCGA and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

This two-day event gathered 200 health providers, non-profit executives, government officials and social workers to work on solutions leading to improve the access to culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate healthcare for the Latino community.

Highlights of the event, included:

  •  An energetic reaction panel including George Rust, MD (Morehouse School of Medicine), Carlos del Rio, MD (Rollins School of Public Health Emory University), Elena Rios, MD (Hispanic National Medical Association)  and Brenda Fitzgerald (Georgia Department of Public Health)
  • A Keynote address by Daniel E. Dawes, Esq.  who was instrumental in putting together a health equity agenda during health report.  He highlighted critical provisions in the law affecting favorably health disparities in the country.
  • A Keynote address by Joxel Garcia, MD, MBA, Former President of the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences and former Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • A keynote address by Leon Rodriguez, National Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Department of Health Human Services.

Click HERE for the full program

Participants were assigned to sub-groups working on four key health priorities affecting the Latino community:

-Maternal Child Health


-Cardiovascular Diseases and Obesity

-Behavioral Health

Results were shared with participants in a final report here.

Workgroups continue to work on reducing constraints and barriers to improve health disparities in GA reporting on progress quarterly.  They will be presenting their work in 2015.

Below, a short video of the event.


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