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NALHE TALKS POLICY – Informing the Biden-⁠Harris Administration COVID-⁠19 Health Equity Task Force!

The National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) leaders speak with Octavio Martinez, MD, MBA, MPH of New Braunfels, TX, selected by the President to serve as a non-federal member of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. To help ensure an equitable response to the pandemic, the President signed an executive order on January 21 creating a task force to address COVID-19 related health and social inequities.

Content Matter Expert Presenters:

  • Steven Foster, MBA, MHA, FACHE, Market President, South Houston Market at St. Luke’s Health / President, NALHE TX Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Rolando Gomez, MBA, Director of Community Relations & Strategic Initiatives at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles / Executive Director & Immediate Past-Chair, NALHE
  • Eddie Cruz, MBA, FACHE, Vice President, Operations at Access Community Health Network / Chapter Leader, NALHE Chicagoland Chapter
  • Marcos Pesquera, MPH, System Vice-President, Community Benefit, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health / President-Elect, NALHE
  • Sal Esparza, DHA, MSHA, Chair, Department of Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge
  • Laura Castellanos, MHA, Associate Director at American Hospital Association / Board Member, NALHE
  • DeAnna Caudillo, MPHc, Community Organizing Specialist at The Independence Center / President, NALHE Denver Metro Chapter

Dr. Octavio Martinez is the Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Martinez is a Senior Associate Vice President within the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; clinical professor in the university’s School of Social Work; and professor at Dell Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.

This session is part of NALHE/HB joint series of Health Law webinars. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry.


The National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives and our sponsor & partner Husch Blackwell are having A Conversation with Top Latina and Latino Healthcare Executives – Learning From Our Past & Creating Opportunities for 2022…!

In this webinar, top healthcare executives will have a conversation which will touch on the heartbeat of today’s healthcare system.

Thomas N. Shorter, JD, FACHE, Board Member, NALHE, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Monica Vargas-Mahar, MHA, FACHE, President & Chair, NALHE, Market Chief Executive Officer, Carondelet Health Network
Xavier Villarreal, MHA, FACHE, Secretary & Treasurer, NALHE, Ardent Health Services, Chief Executive Officer Hillcrest Medical Center

This session is part of NALHE/HB joint series of Health Law webinars. The series will include a range of important topics relevant to the healthcare industry.

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Whether you are already a healthcare professional or student well on your way to becoming one, it has never been more important to identify and overcome disparities in health care within your communities. Connect with healthcare executives and leaders within the Latino community to gain the wisdom, insight and experience to take on these challenges.


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