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Latinx Advisory Council

Latinx Advisory Council

The 2020 WSMA House of Delegates passed policy establishing a Latinx Advisory Council within the WSMA, beginning in 2021. The Latinx Advisory Council will provide a forum in which Latinx physicians and physician assistants can support each other professionally, recruit other Latinx physicians, and develop and inform advocacy strategies within the WSMA.

Questions? Write Lauren Fielder at lauren@wsma.org to let us know about your interest in the section.

Latinx Advisory Council Members

Maria Rojas, MD, MPH

Maria Rojas, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Wenatchee
Chair
Maria Rojas, MD, MPH Double board-certified physician, Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Born and raise in Colombia where she went to medical school at University of El Rosario, she worked for 10 years as an emergency room physician, director of Tuberculosis program and chief medical officer for the subsidized regimen where she served a large internally displaced population. She finished a master’s in public health and international health in Amsterdam at the Royal Tropical Institute with a thesis on psychosocial impact of forced displacement in Colombia. Moved to the US in 2004 to start Internal medicine residency at Saint Elizabeth’s community hospital affiliated with Tufts university in Boston and subsequently Nephrology, Hypertension and transplantation fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has worked as an internist and nephrologist in Rochester, New York, Powell River British Columbia, Canada, Bellingham and most recently she is practicing Nephrology in Wenatchee, North central Washington. She has collaborated with grassroots movements in Wenatchee to address COVID vaccine hesitancy in the local latinx population. She strongly believes in a patient center approach to medical health care and the role of physicians as advocates to decrease health care disparities in minorities. She is currently part of Latinx Advisory Council where she hopes to have the opportunity for statewide networking with latinx providers to participate in needs assessment of Washington state latinx population and to work towards equitable healthcare resource allocation. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and pets, hiking, traveling, reading and dancing Latin music.

Mabel Bodell, MD

Mabel Bodell, MD
Nephrology, Wenatchee
Dr. Bodell, also known as “La Doctora Mabel”, was born in Argentina and moved to WA in 2014 after spending time on the east coast. Currently, she works as a nephrologist in the Wenatchee area and her interests include health and welfare of the entire community. She currently serves as co-chair of the HEDI (Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Council at Confluence Health and is the recipient of several awards, including the “Golden Tennis Shoe Award” from US Senator Patty Murray.

Enrique Enguidanos, MD

Enrique Enguidanos, MD
Emergency Medicine, Community Based Coordination Solutions
Enrique has been practicing Emergency Medicine for 20+ years in the Puget Sound region. He has served in several leadership roles during this period, including Emergency Department Medical Director and Medical Staff President at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Physician Lead of the Providence Health System Emergency Medicine Clinical Decision Team, President of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Medicine, and WSMA Board Member. Enrique currently serves as CEO of Community Based Coordination Solutions.

Jose Flores-Rodarte, MD

Jose Carlos Flores-Rodarte, MD
Family medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Flores-Rodarte was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and grew up in the Central Coast of California. He studied Philosophy & Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine before earning his M.D. and M.P.H with a focus in Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He is currently Chief Resident at the University of Washington’s Family Medicine Residency and has interests in serving Spanish-speaking underserved populations, as well as health policy and healthcare administration.

Adriana Linares, MD

Adriana Linares, MD
Family Practice, PeaceHealth Family Medicine Southwest
Vancouver, WA
Dr. Adriana Linares was born in Colombia and moved to the United States to pursue Public Health education. She earned a MPH and a Doctorate in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. She moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship related to obesity and at the same time completed her residency in Family Medicine. Dr. Linares has worked on research and medicine for long time. She has special interest in working with women and underrepresented communities. She has been a faculty members for the last 16 years and currently she is the Associate Program Director of the PeaceHealth Family Medicine Southwest located in Vancouver, WA. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Informatics with the idea of becoming board certified to learn more about the use of Electronic Health Records and the end-users' satisfaction with it. Dr. Linares like to travel, cook, read, study and learn more about Medicine. Her favorite character is Mickey Mouse and her house is full of little stuffed mice all over (different sizes)!!!

Leo Morales, MD, PhD

Leo Morales, MD, PhD
University of Washington
Leo Morales, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean with the Office for Healthcare Equity and Co-Director of the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Morales received his medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington, and his doctorate in policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School. He completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF and a fellowship in primary care research at UCLA. Dr. Morales’s research focuses on Latino Health, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and the measurement of patient-reported outcomes in diverse communities. Dr. Morales was the Principal Investigator of the Washington State Latino Physician Workforce study and lead author of the report, Today's Changes for Serving Tomorrow's Diverse Communities: Increasing the Latino Physician Workforce NOW.

Alina Urriola, MD, MPH

Alina Urriola, MD, MPH
Family Medicine, Vera Sandpoint, Seattle
Dr. Urriola’s career in Family Medicine reflects her passion for health restoration, maintenance and promotion while addressing clinical and social risk factors for disease and injury. She has provided care in the Puget Sound since 1998 and currently is the lead provider at Vera Sandpoint, an advanced primary care practice where she is committed to excellent compassionate care that is tailored to each patient’s conditions, values, traditions, and beliefs. Dr. Urriola believes in the power of patients setting health goals and being their own agents of care and healing. She is responsible for her clinic’s quality metrics and population health. In addition to her practice, she provides care at Lahai Health, a volunteer-based health care organization caring for the underserved in the Puget Sound, serves in the board of trustees of Bastyr University, and is a faculty member at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Dra. Alina graduated from medical school in Brazil and trained in Family Medicine in her native Panama. She subsequently completed residency in Family Medicine and in Preventive Medicine/Public Health in Saint Louis Missouri. She is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine, and lifestyle medicine. Her exposure to a wide variety of settings and demographics has sparked her interest in the factors that determine health, illness, and health seeking behaviors. Alina’s personal interests include painting, gardening, cooking, fitness, following her husband’s band, hiking, and traveling.

Irving Zavala, MD

Irving Zavala, MD
Hospitalist, Seattle
Dr. Zavala grew up in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. After completing medical school, Dr. Zavala returned to the United States in 2016 where he began his medical residency in family medicine la at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. Passionate about fighting health inequity and disparities in medical education, Dr. Zavala has been a volunteer doctor in multiple non profit organizations and founded a nonprofit telemedicine service offering free medical care to remote and underserved communities in Mexico during residency. He dreams to be part of a new generation of Latinx doctors, who through the power of education, bring an end to health disparities in the Latinx community. Dr. Zavala now works as a hospitalist and attending physician in downtown Seattle. In his free time he hosts a YouTube channel giving free clinical lectures to medical students in Mexico.

WSMA Latinx Section Informational Webinar



All physicians and physician assistants, whether a WSMA member or nonmember, were welcome to attend an informational meeting on May 20, 2021, featuring Leo Morales, MD, PhD, and Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD. Watch the video of the informational meeting above.

Faculty

Leo Morales, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean with the Office for Healthcare Equity and Co-Director of the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Morales received his medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington, and his doctorate in policy analysis from the Rand Graduate School. He completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF and a fellowship in primary care research at UCLA. Dr. Morales’s research focuses on Latino Health, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and the measurement of patient-reported outcomes in diverse communities. Dr. Morales was the Principal Investigator of the Washington State Latino Physician Workforce study and lead author of the report, Today's Changes for Serving Tomorrow's Diverse Communities: Increasing the Latino Physician Workforce NOW.

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis Health and the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC). He is a past member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America (MHA; formerly the National Mental Health Association) and Past President of the Board of Directors of NAMI California. He is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) - Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and board member of the California Health Care Foundation, Physicians for a Health California, and the Public Health Institute. He was recently appointed to the California COVID-19 Vaccine Drafting Guidelines Workgroup with the charge of drafting guidelines for the prioritization of supplies of available COVID-19 vaccines. He is a national and international expert on health and mental health comorbidities on diverse populations. Over the last 25 years, he has held several World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) advisory board and consulting appointments and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of WHO’s World Mental Health Survey Consortium (WMH) and its Coordinator for Latin America overseeing population-based national surveys of Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, a regional survey of Brazil, and two surveys of the Medellín, Colombia.

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola’s applied research program has focused on identifying unmet mental health needs and associated risk and protective factors to better understand and meet population mental health needs and achieve equity in health and mental health disparities in underserved populations. He is also very active translating health, mental health and substance abuse research knowledge into practical information that is of public health value to consumers, service administrators, and policy makers. He is the on-site principal investigator of and conducted the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS) – the second largest mental health study done in the U.S. on Mexican Americans funded by NIMH and the largest population-based comprehensive study done on farmworkers’ mental health, which also included Mixtecos. In the MAPSS study, he identified the most prevalent health and mental health disorders in the Mexican-origin population in California’s Fresno County and reported that the rate of disorders increases the longer the individual resides in the U.S and demonstrated that children of immigrants have even greater rates of mental disorders. From the results of this study, the research team developed a model of service delivery that increased access to mental health services among the Central Valley’s low-income, underserved, rural populations. He is a Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) on two National Institute of Health-funded ÓRALE COVID-19! project (a part of the RADx-UP national initiative) and the UC Davis STOP COVID-19 CA (a part of the CEAL national initiative) focusing his work primarily on farmworkers.

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the author of more than 190 scientific publications. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Medal of Congress (“Medalla de la Cámara de Diputados”) of Chile for work related to mental health research, the DHHS' Office of Minority Health's 2005 National Minority Health Community Leader Award (Hispanic Community), Washington, DC, the 2007 UC Davis Academic Senate Scholarly Distinguished Service Award, the 2008 Latino Mental Health Conference Excellence in Science and Research Award from NYU Univ., the 2009 National Award of Excellence in Blending Research and Practice from the National Hispanic Science Network, the 2012-2013 UC Davis Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community in the Academic Senate category, the 2014 National Award of Excellence in Public Service by the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, the 2016 Dean's Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Community Engagement, UC Davis School of Medicine and was named a distinguished member of the Top 10 U.S. Latino Physicians in the May, 2016 issue of Latino Leaders Magazine. More recently, he received the 2018 UC Davis Health Dean's Team Award for Inclusion Excellence, along with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities Team for outstanding multidisciplinary team contributions in the area of community engagement, the 2018 NAMI California Multicultural Outreach Excellence Award, the 2018 Mental Health California’s Research and Health Disparities Award, and the 2018 Mental Health California’s Research and Health Disparities Award. In September 2020, he received the Ohtli Award, the highest honor granted by the Mexican government to individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the well-being of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and other Latinos in the US and abroad.

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM/NRC) Committee on Depression, Parenting Practices, and the Health Development of Young Children (2007-2009) report and a member of the IOM/NRC Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise (2010) report. He is currently serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Assessing Meaningful Community Engagement in Health and Health Care, a project of the NAM Leadership Consortium and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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