Hispanic panel: The social influences of health, translating “medicalish,” and understanding intersectionality.

People live and work in social communities, where a huge amount of information that drives decision making around health is disseminated person to person by community voices. Our panel of Hispanic health leaders discuss how achieving health equity requires healthcare providers to utilize social influence as a way to improve population health.

Dr. Adela Valdez describes the concept of community intersectionality, a framework that allows us to better understand the intersecting social and demographic drivers for our communities in order to better meet their needs. Dr. Ramon Jimenez discusses how learning about the intersectionality concept has enabled him to unpack some of his personal experiences and history to better understand his own journey as a Hispanic orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Ilan Shapiro explores the limitations of speaking “medicalish” and the importance of creating culturally appropriate conversations about health within our communities, using tools and language that make health information accessible to everyone, using social and other media. Dr. De Alba Rosales discusses how achieving health equity will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. This episode is co-hosted by Claudia Zamora, National Hispanic Medical Association, and Dr. Ramon Jimenez, American Association of Latino Orthopedic Surgeons.

All viewpoints are the participants’ own.


Claudia H Zamora, MPA
Founder and CEO, Zamora Consulting Group, LLC
Board Member, National Hispanic Medical Association
Washington, DC

Ramon Jimenez, MD, FAAOS
Executive Board, Movement is Life
Treasurer, Board of Directors, Movement is Life
Co-Founder and President, American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
Salinas, CA


Armando De Alba Rosales MD, MPH
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Student Programs
College of Medicine, Faculty Member of Family Medicine at UNMC
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska

Adela Valdez, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity
Associate Dean of CME at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Professor, Family Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Harlingen, Texas

Ilan Shapiro MD, MBA, FAAP, FACHE
Chief Health Correspondent and Medical Affairs Officer
AltaMed Health Services
Los Angeles, California

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