Latino HealthCare Forum

About Us

Meet the team that makes our mission possible

 
 

We strive to provide vulnerable populations access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary healthcare services. We aim to organize and sustain a powerful consumer voice to ensure that all individuals and communities can influence healthcare decisions.

Our Mission

The Latino HealthCare Forum's vision is a nation free of disparities in health and healthcare. Our goals include:

  1. Supporting a positive transformation of the healthcare system and building a high-value healthcare system that requires insuring the uninsured, making coverage more secure for those who have it and improving the quality of care for all.

  2. Helping to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure and workforce by addressing the critical shortage of medical personnel including community health workers.

  3. Advancing the health, safety and well-being for vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.

 

Board of Directors

 

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JOSE ORTA
Board Member

Jose Orta is a founding member of Taylor’s LULAC Council 4721. He is also the Secretary of the Williamson County Democratic Party. He is an Air Force veteran and a life-long resident of Taylor, Texas. He is a well-respected voice of the community advocating for progressive causes. Mr. Orta is the 1998 recipient of the Windcall Foundation Resident program, which “recognized Jose Orta for his many years of social justice work.” Jose is also the 1st Vice Chair of the party.

 

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JUAN DURAN
Board Member

Has more than 37 years of experience in practice of law in areas including Administrative Law, State Office of Administrative Hearings, Elder Law, Guardianship Law Probate Law, Federal Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Family Law. He has 18 years’ experience in Administrative Law and State Office of Administrative Hearings he is a former Member State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 13 years in private practice in Austin, Texas State and federal criminal, civil law. Four years as Justice of the Peace, Travis County, Pct. 4, Extensive research, negotiations, mediation, and dispute resolution, Literate with personal computers and applications. He has also serve as Texas Assistant General Counsel and Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Worked with Assistant Attorney General in State and Federal cases, counseled participants, their representatives, attorneys, trained staff, reviewed documentation such as trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, divorce decrees, qualified domestic relations orders, researched laws for other states, countries, and translated TRS Benefits Handbook into Spanish.

Practiced Criminal and Civil law in Federal and State Courts. Also, handled cases in Family, and Probate Law; gained extensive trial and negotiating experience in these areas of law. Also, presided over civil, criminal, small claims cases.  Magistrate criminal charges at county jail, landlord-tenant, truancies, peace bonds, and commitments.

 
Ana Pomar

Ana Pomar


 

Board of Advisors

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AMELIE G. RAMIREZ, DR.PH.

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez is an internationally recognized cancer and chronic disease health disparities researcher and spokesperson. At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio she is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and the founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, which studies health disparities among minorities. For 30 years Dr. Ramirez has directed research programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce health disparities affecting Latinos.

She directs two national research networks, Redes En Acción, which focuses on Latino cancer, and Salud America!, which focuses on Latino child obesity. She also is a member of the following: the Scientific Advisory Board, Susan G. Komen For the Cure; Scientific Advisory Board, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade; and Board of Directors, Lance Armstrong Foundation. In San Antonio she is a member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council and the Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition.

 

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ALFRED MCALISTER, PHD

McAlister is a professor of behavioral sciences at the UT School of Public Health, Austin campus, and an adjunct professor for the Plan II Honors & College of Communication at UT Austin. He is contributing to LHCF's initiative to address Latino health disparity elimination in the Dove Springs neighborhood. Professor McAlister's distinguished academic career includes positions at Harvard School of Public Health as an assistant professor and the UT Health Science Center at Houston as an associate professor in both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. Professor McAlister has been awarded twenty-three grants and contracts with total awards exceeding $20 mil. for projects to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, HIV infection, diabetes and violence. He has authored scientific articles and reports for a number of publications including the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and American Journal of Public Health.

 

 

 

LHCF Staff

JILL RAMIREZ  President & CEO

JILL RAMIREZ
President & CEO


ISABEL LOPEZ-AGUILAR  Program Coordinator

ISABEL LOPEZ-AGUILAR
Program Coordinator


 
JOSEFINA LOPEZ  Community Health Worker

JOSEFINA LOPEZ
Community Health Worker

Aida A. Cerda Prazak  Community Health Worker

Aida A. Cerda Prazak

Community Health Worker


MARIA TELLO  Community Health Worker

MARIA TELLO
Community Health Worker



 

Former LHCF Staff


MAYRA LOPEZ-AGUILAR

MAYRA LOPEZ-AGUILAR


ALEXANDRA CASTANEDA

ALEXANDRA CASTANEDA


CHELSEA BRASS

CHELSEA BRASS


NORMA LOPEZ-AGUILAR

NORMA LOPEZ-AGUILAR


MANUEL GARCIA

MANUEL GARCIA


HECTOR TORRES

HECTOR TORRES


FRANCES ACUNA

FRANCES ACUNA