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National Latina Health Network
Ms. Alvarado is the Founder, President and CEO of the National Latina Health Network based in Washington, DC, representing over 2000 Latina leaders in the field of Public Health, in five U.S. regions. An authority on community health promotion issues and an advocate for women, children and youth issues, Ms. Elena Alvarado has over 35 years of experience in the health and human services field. Recognized as a national leader and trainer, she has presented for both state and national associations, government-sponsored training: as well as for non-governmental agencies.
Her portfolio includes launching the first ever bilingual Spanish Language CANCER and AIDS hotline services in the nation for Southern California; and she conceptually developed education prevention programs targeted at women and youths in the areas of diabetes/obesity, cancer, cardiovascular, substance abuse, sexual assault, and reproductive health; using theater as a prevention tool – drawing from her performing arts background in theater and dance.
She has received numerous awards over the years for her work in community health including the 2007 WomenHeart recipient of the Wenger award for her work in Heart Disease in the Latina Community; Aetna’s national 2008 Latino Leaders in Health; and the 2009 Latino Leaders and Latina Style Magazines of “Health Leaders making a difference.” Among her many other professional accomplishments, she is a co-founding member and past president of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; and a lifetime member of the American Public Health Association. She currently serves on the Pan American Health Education Fund for the Fred Soper Award on Health Literacy; the National Advisory Health Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Latina Advisory Council of Girls Inc.
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