We are excited to have the following keynote speakers present at this year's conference!
Patria Alguila started working as a Program Coordinator for MHP Salud in July 2014 then promoted to Training Director in May 2017. She provides capacity-building assistance to Migrant and Community Health Centers, non-profits, health departments, and other agencies developing Community Health Worker (CHW)/Promotor(a) programs. Ms. Alguila trains CHWs and other staff on core competencies, such as scope of work, popular education, service coordination, communication, cultural competence, among other topics. She is currently working on revamping MHP Salud's CHW training to ensure that we align with National CHW Core Competencies.
Roberto Dansie is a clinical psychologist, Toltec Tribal member, published author, public speaker, cultural diversity expert, and 1981 Martial Arts World Champion. Through his company Cultural Wisdom, Roberto bridges the gap in culturally appropriate communication. Born to a healing tradition, by age 13, Roberto began his initiation in native medicine as assistant to his grandmother, Exiquia Vallejo. His life service of healing trauma began when she introduced him to Toltec and Mayan medicines. These included methods for healing susto & espanto (shock & trauma)- the two key modalities of psychosocial narrative healing.
Roberto has been a leader in CDC's Health Disparities Initiatives, HIV Prevention and Intervention. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Humanitarian of the Year from the International Medical & Education Trust of Columbia Missouri University.
Jared Papa is a Pediatric Physician Assistant (PA) with the Treasure Valley Pediatric Clinic in Ontario, Oregon. He received his Master's degree in Physician Assistant studies from Pacific University and has over 14 years experience as a PA. In addition to clinical practice, he coordinates the pediatric course work for the Idaho State University (ISU) PA Program as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He recently received the ISU Distinguished Faculty Service award for his medical mission work to Peru and was named Idaho's PA of the year in 2016 by the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants.
JosuÃ© Guadarrama is a Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Washington State University. He is currently an APA intern therapist at Marin Health & Recovery Services. He is a former university instructor and academic coach for reinstatement students at WSU. JosuÃ© holds diverse clinical experience in a variety of university counseling centers including, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and Gonzaga University. His theoretical orientation is integrative and includes an interpersonal approach to Cognitive and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies through a multicultural framework to increase valued-living. As a bilingual and bi-cultural researcher, JosuÃ© examines the educational and health disparities between Latina/os and European Americans to minimize educational and health gaps. JosuÃ© enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and helping others live to their full potential.
Other valued presenters at this year's conference come from the following organizations:
American Diabetes Association
Andrea Johnson Adams Psychotherapy & Nutrition Counseling
Benton-Franklin Health District
Better Health Together
Choice Regional Health Network
CHW Collaborative of Pierce County
Center for Multicultural Health
Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees
Arcora- The Foundation of Delta Dental of Washington
King County Prosecutors Office
WA State Legislature
Geriatric Center of Excellence at Providence Panorama Clinic
Mud Puddle Fitness
Promotoras of South Park
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
King County Public Health Needle Exchange
Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
Northwest Regional Council
WA State Department of Health
WA State Department of Social Health Services
WA State Pharmacy Association
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties