The Latino Health Forum is one of the most educational and informative Latino health care events in Northern California. We strive to inform professionals about some of the most relevant issues facing the Latino population as well as enhance the availability and quality of health services.

We are proud to continue as an academic conference. For the past 26 years we have offered BRN continuing education units to health professionals. We provide registration scholarships to high school and college level students to expose them to the many career choices available in the health and social service field.

In 2018 we had more than 350 attendees, this event has consistently sold out. If we reach capacity again, we will not be able to accept registration at the door.

Who should attend?

  • Health Care Professionals & Administrators
  • Community Health Care Workers & Promotores de Salud
  • Students (High School & College)
  • Teachers and School Administrators
  • Government Representatives
  • Community Leaders
  • Community Members
  • Health Care Advocates

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Linda Escalante

Linda Escalante promotes strong relationships with state and local elected officials, partner organizations, coalitions, and other stakeholders. These collaborations advance the protection of public health and the environment in areas such as zero waste, water supply and quality, clean energy, climate change, oceans, toxic chemicals, endangered species, among many others.
Escalante is a renowned environmental expert in the U.S-based Spanish language—empowering and mobilizing Latinos to engage in advocacy and activism around environmental and health issues. She has been bestowed the Latina Magazine New Generation Award and named among PODER Magazine’s 100 U.S. Green Latino Leaders. Escalante, who is also passionate about civil, immigrant, and women’s rights, has served as a board member of a worker wellness and healthcare access organization. She holds a bachelor’s in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and prior to joining NRDC in 2005, Escalante worked for the UCLA/RAND Program on Latino Children with Asthma and Allies Against Asthma in Puerto Rico. Escalante was appointed to the California Coastal Commission by the speaker of the Assembly in May 2019. Prior to that, she served for over a year as an alternate appointee of the state Senate. She is also an ex officio member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board on behalf of the Commission. She is based in NRDC’s Santa Monica office.

José Javier Hernández Ayala

José Javier Hernández Ayala was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He has a Bachelors in Physical Geography, University of Puerto Rico, a Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences, University of Akron and a Doctorate in Geography & Climate Science, University of Florida. His research focuses on studying the relationship between extreme events and climate variability and change.

Efren Carillo

Efren Carrillo is Director of Government and Community Relations for Burbank Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Efren served two terms on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. He worked at the USEPA, SC Economic Development Board, and Redwood Credit Union. Efren currently serves as Board President of the Center for Climate Protection.


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