The Bay Area has made significant progress in vaccinating its community members, however over half of our region’s Latinx and Black residents remain unvaccinated. While the pace of vaccination has slowed recently, the good news is that a high percentage of unvaccinated Bay Area residents want to get the vaccine. Efforts across the region are now shifting to a new phase, with a stronger focus on community sites, including mobile and pop-up clinics.
Community health centers, community-rooted organizations, and faith-based organizations are working to eradicate systemic barriers in the health care system and build trust with Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color to increase vaccine access and acceptance. What support do these critical community partners need to educate and vaccinate the BIPOC communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19, and build the long-term organizational capacity needed to shift the healthcare system to one that supports all communities to thrive?
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Hear from community partners and funder colleagues to discuss what’s needed in this phase of the vaccination effort, and how philanthropy can respond to ensure vaccinations are reaching communities that have experienced the most severe impacts from COVID-19.
Andie Martinez Patterson, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Integration & System Impact, California Primary Care Association
Andie Martinez Patterson is the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Integration, and System Impact at the California Primary Care Association and CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, the advocacy affiliate with CPCA. CPCA supports and advances the mission of nearly1400 community clinics and health centers that serve 7.4 million predominantly low-income Californians. She has lived in California and been with CPCA since January 2008 after growing up and going to school in the Midwest. She is responsible for shaping the vision and execution of a strategy that positions community health centers for success. Andie has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago. Her partner, Chris Patterson, is a Vice President of Government Affairs at PG&E, and together they are raising two children, Lucia (8) and Sebastian (4).
Diana Otero, Director of Special Initiatives, Latino Community Foundation
Diana is a passionate caring leader committed to being a voice for Latino Immigrants. As the Senior Director of Special Projects, Diana executes and manages the goals of LCF special campaigns and key programs. Diana brings over 15 years of experience in the field of immigration advocacy. Diana has built and managed from the ground up successful legal and social services programs at Catholic Charities, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. A visionary advocate, she has been involved in community organizing and advocacy efforts in the fight for social justice and comprehensive immigration reform. From keeping families together to assisting clients in becoming US citizens, Diana led an effective and compassionate program serving more than 15,000 immigrant individuals and families. Using her journalism background, either on TV or in print, she has helped to shine a light on issues affecting the Latino community and their countless contributions. A trusted messenger who is often visible on local Latino media spreading information to support and empower our communities.
Closest to her heart are the unmet needs of Unaccompanied Minors, one of the most vulnerable refugee populations in the U.S. Diana created programs to welcome minors, help them integrate into their new communities, and give them the space to be kids. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Diana holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and Journalism from La Sabana University and has been accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice to represent clients in legal immigration proceedings. An avid soccer fan, she supports any team with a Colombian player. She loves singing, dancing salsa, and spending quality time with her husband, son, friends, and labradoodle. In her free time, she serves on the board of the St. Francis Center in Redwood City.
Jessica Paz-Cedillos, Executive Director, School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
Jessica is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador. She was born and raised in East Oakland and knows firsthand the impact that arts and culture can have to build pride, preserve our heritage, and fuel community and economic development. Jessica has dedicated her career to the public sector, working for organizations like the ACLU and SOMOS Mayfair, where she helped to double the organization’s budget. Jessica is excited to be leading the School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza —a vibrant, cultural institution in East San Jose —and looks forward to continuing her work in the Mayfair community.
Wendy Todd, Consultant, Wendy Todd Consulting (Moderator)
Wendy Todd is an independent consultant who helps mission-driven organizations learn, strategize, and make change. Wendy’s expertise is in gathering and synthesizing information to facilitate data-driven decision-making. In addition, Wendy is known for successfully facilitating cross-sector collaborations to advance social change.
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