Web Forum

¡Pláticas de Salud! Prioritizing Health in the Latino Community
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

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.





    Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH
    Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPHDr. Nevarez has over 32 years of experience as a physician and 29 years as a public health practitioner, having served as the Director of Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, City of Berkeley, California, as well as in various clinical settings including Medical Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. She is Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her areas of expertise include women's reproductive health, Latino health, community based strategies for chronic disease prevention, and social media for public health. (www.phi.org and www.Dialogue4Health.org)

    Shayla Spilker
    Health Policy Communications Coordinator
    Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
    Sacramento, CA

    Shayla SpilkerShayla 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 Californiaís Latino population. Prior to joining LCHC in 2013, Ms. Spilker worked on health equity projects for Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA. She worked in Santiago, Chile, providing HIV/AIDS prevention education to low-income youth and young adults and currently volunteers at the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic. Ms. Spilker received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. (www.lchc.org)

    Jeanette Flores, MPA
    Southern California Local Policy Director
    California Center for Public Health Advocacy
    Baldwin Park, CA

    Jeanette Flores, MPAJeanette 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 her bachelorís degree in political science and her masterís degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, traveling and volunteering to support local youth programs. Originally from El Monte, Ms. Flores currently resides in Covina. (http://publichealthadvocacy.org)


    Xavier Morales, PhD
    Executive Director
    Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
    Sacramento, CA

    Xavier MoralesDr. 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 development, college access, supporting prisoner reentry, alternatives to detention, early childhood development, affordable housing and mentoring programming. Dr. Morales, originally from Sanger, California, studied Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. (www.lchc.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

¡Pláticas de Salud! Prioritizing Health in the Latino Community


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

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

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Public Health Institute