#SomosSalud: Immigrant Communities Lead Local Health Initiatives to Keep Families Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186  | fernanda@communicationsshop.us
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 |  press@alianzaamericas.org  




Virtual press conference


WHAT: Alianza Americas, the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, Latino Commission on AIDS, and Presente.org will host a virtual press conference with Alianza Americas member organizations to raise the voices of immigrant leaders and advocates who are leading a coordinated health initiative named Somos Salud. The initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to support Latinx people overcome barriers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will share how they’re helping their respective communities overcome obstacles, such as language barriers to CDC guidance, lack of public transportation in rural areas to attend vaccine sites, lack of access to technology to make vaccine appointments, lack of accessible vaccination schedule availability, and more. The event will be conducted in English and Spanish. *Spanish-English / English-Spanish interpretation available*


  • Oscar Chacón, Executive Director, Alianza Americas
  • Juanita Lara, CDC Mobile Health and Wellness Project Manager, U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission
  • Leandro Rodriguez, Vice President of Programs, Latino Commission on Aids 
  • Robin Lewy, Director of Programming, Rural Women’s Health Project (FL)
  • Selina Forbs, Hondurans Against AIDS Inc. (Bronx, NY)
  • Lourdes Menjivar, Community Health Organizer, COPAL (MN)
  • Karen Blanco, Casa Yurumein (Bronx, NY)
  • Leticia Casildo, Familias Unidas en Accion (New Orleans)
  • Isai Pazos, CIELO (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Bill O’Brien, Strangers No Longer (MI)
  • Rosario Sánchez, Centro San Bonifacio (Chicago, IL)
  • Yaqueline Lopez, Women Working Together (FL)
  • Gabriela Miranda, Arkansas United


WHEN: Tuesday, May 4


TIME: 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/10 a.m. PT 


WHERE: Via Zoom; Register here: https://bit.ly/3xAi6O3 




Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.


Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.


The U.S.- Mexico Border Health Commission (USMBHC) is a binational body, created in July 2000 through an Agreement between the governments of Mexico and the United States, in order to identify and evaluate the health problems that affect the border population, as well as facilitating actions for their care. The Federal Governments of Mexico and the United States, through the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, are part of the organizational structure of the USMBHC and actively participate in various initiatives.


The Latino Commission on AIDS is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 in response to the unmet need for HIV/AIDS prevention and care for Latinx/Hispanics. Our public health mission is to address the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in the context of addressing health disparities, by spearheading health advocacy, promoting health education, developing and replicating evidence-based programs for PLWHA and high-risk communities, and by building capacity across the public health sector and strategic partners nationally.

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