About Us

About Us

Dr. Enrique Gonzalez-Mendez, professor of clinical medicine UCSF and Chair of the Latino Health Forum Board, works with our Board and alongside Residents of the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Program to plan the conference. The LHF Board is comprised of a unique alliance with major health and medical institutions and groups, working together with community leaders to identify keynote speakers, workshop breakouts, and provide guidance and direction for each event.

Our Mission

The Latino Health Forum strives to inform professionals and community members about pertinent issues facing Latino and underrepresented populations to improve the access and quality of health services.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the annual forum is to address the needs of the Latino community who we serve in our daily health care practices by:

  1. Informing professionals and community members about the most relevant challenges facing the Latino population in Sonoma County,
  2. Facilitating networking amongst healthcare and other service providers,
  3. Raising awareness around the importance of civil engagement amongst underrepresented minority communities, and
  4. creating educational pathways for students to pursue careers in health and social services.

Meet the Team


  • Aurora Selpides, MD, MPH Kaiser Permanente
  • Rosa Gonzalez, Community Health Educator / Patient Navigator, Center for Well-Being
  • Pam Rivas, Americorps VISTA, Petaluma Health Center
  • Emmanuel Mendoza, MD, Sutter SR Family Medicine Residency
  • Christina Lozada, MD, Sutter SR Family Medicine Residency
  • Ruth Pedraza, MD, Sutter SR Family Medicine Residency
  • Karla Panameno, MD, Sutter SR Family Medicine Residency
  • Gemma Bolaños,  Student
  • Daisy Cardenas, Counseling Psychology Graduate Student, USF

Board of Directors


Enrique Gonzalez-Mendez, MD.,

President Professor Emeritus,
Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, UCSF


Andre Mills, MBA

Treasurer, LHF,
Financial Business Manager,
Sutter SR Family Medicine Residency


Eliot Enriquez,

Program Manager,
Petaluma Health Center


Andrea Garfia, MPA,

Health Community Coordinator,
Sutter Santa Rosa Hospital


Wanda Tapia

Secretary, LHF
Tapia Consulting


Nieves Douglass, RN, BS, SNIII,

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation


Chelene Lopez,

Health Promotion Manager,
St. Joseph Health


Robert Azcarraga, MD,

Kaiser Permanente


Wanda Tapia,

Daisy Cardenas,
Health Manager

Gemma Bolanos,
Administrative Specialist