The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) has completed its Fall round of Pláticas, or conversations, in seven California regions with large Latino populations. This round of Pláticas focused on two pressing issues, including:

  • Sugar sweetened beverages, obesity and diabetes and the Latino community; and
  • Covered California/Affordable Care Act and Latinos.

The Pláticas brought together a diverse range of stakeholders, including public health workers, educators, and community organizers, whose collaborative conversation provides valuable information regarding health care access and curbing chronic disease in Latino communities.

During the Web Forum, our presenters will provide a brief overview of the two central issues, and will share themes and lessons learned from the participants at each of the seven meetings.

LCHC is working hard to align our policy work with the realities of what is affecting Latino communities across California. Our Regional Network meetings are an opportunity to share news from Sacramento and Washington, D.C. with our partners from across the state, to hear first-hand what is working locally, and to learn how state and national policies can improve Latino health. Please join us for this important Web Forum.

LCHC’s Fall 2013 Regional Network Meetings are supported in part by grants from The California EndowmentThe California Wellness FoundationKaiser Foundation Hospitals, Southern California Region, and through a subcontract with Health Initiatives of the Americas/Regents of the University of California to Covered California.


Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President Emeritus, External Relations and Preventive Medicine

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Senior Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and the Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice. A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, advocating for…

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Shayla Spilker

Health Policy Communications Coordinator

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Sacramento, CA

Shayla Spilker coordinates and implements policy and communications efforts for LCHC with a focus on expanding healthcare access and improving community conditions to promote equitable health outcomes among California’s Latino population. Prior to joining LCHC in 2013, Ms. Spilker worked on health equity projects for Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA.…

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Jeanette Flores, MPA

Southern California Local Policy Director

California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Baldwin Park, CA

Jeanette oversees public policy and community outreach strategies. Ms. Flores promotes health and wellness through public policy efforts in local municipalities. These policies help support healthier food choices and opportunities for physical activity in under resourced communities. Jeanette Flores is a native of the East San Gabriel Valley. She earned…

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Xavier Morales, PhD

Executive Director

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Sacramento, CA

Dr. Morales, a longtime advocate for health equity and environmental justice, has worked to enable community-led initiatives to address health equity and also to promote multi-sector approaches to prevent violence. Taking an expansive view of what constitutes health, he has diligently worked to help enable opportunities for youth development, workforce…

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