California’s Latino Doctor Crisis: Policy Briefing in Oakland Jan. 15

Orson Aguilar, president, The Greenlining Institute.

Latinos Are 40 percent of State’s Population but Grossly Underrepresented among Physicians

While Latinos represent California’s largest ethnic group at nearly 40 percent of the population, they comprise just 11.6 percent of graduating physicians across California’s medical schools. In a state where nearly 44 percent speak a language other than English at home, California remains critically short of physicians prepared to address the needs of patients whose English is limited.

Orson Aguilar, president, The Greenlining Institute.

On Jan. 15, The Greenlin­ing Institute will join with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative to host a policy briefing and networking reception focus­ing on this growing crisis, the reforms necessary to solve it, and potential opportunities in working with California’s new governor and state legislature to find policy solutions to these disparities.

Scheduled speakers in­clude: Orson Aguilar, presi­dent, The Greenlining Insti­tute; Sonja Diaz, executive director, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative; Dr. Jef­frey Reynoso, executive di­rector, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante, associ­ate professor, UCLA Field­ing School of Public Health; Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO, California Primary Care Association and Berenice Núñez Constant, vice president, government rela­tions, AltaMed Health Servic­es Corporation.

Space is limited, so those wishing to attend should reg­ister right away. The meeting will be held at the Greenlining Institute, 360 14th Street, first floor, Oakland, CA, from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments and a no-host bar will be avail­able at the beginning of the event. To register, please click HERE.

For those who cannot attend, the event will be live-streamed through Greenling’s Facebook page.


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