Comunidades Saludables Ahora
During the past five years, Michael Diaz has been working in public health focusing on sexual health, positive youth development, and HIV/AIDS counseling and prevention. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Diaz was a youth program coordinator conducting HIV testing, counseling and health promotion in the South Bronx with LGBTQ youth. Previously, Mr. Diaz was a fellow at the National Sexuality Resource Center, and a research assistant at the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality. Mr. Diaz holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and an M.A. in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. His research interests include gender studies, power, privilege and social determinants of health.
NLAAD Program Manager
Raised in a first-generation Mexican neighborhood in Los Angeles, Tony Ochoa has a strong passion for addressing health disparities amongst underserved populations. He received a BS in Product Design Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of numerous Latino community-based and student organizations that worked with underprivileged youth and higher education. He brings his professional background in design engineering to bear on his work in the community, in order to build the capacity of organizations that service communities living with HIV/AIDS. He enjoys cooking, travelling, reading, personal fitness, and watching documentary/independent films.
Latinos in the Deep South
Erik Valera is Program Director for Latinos in the Deep South at the Latino Commission on AIDS. The program focuses on the emerging Latino population in southern states and related areas with burgeoning Latino communities. As Program Director, he works to build local leadership, strengthen networks and coalitions, enhance knowledge and cultural responsiveness, and spur actions to address the needs of the emerging Latino/Hispanic populations. Since 1993 Mr. Valera has worked to implement community and clinical programs for those affected by the HIV epidemic. Additionally, his expertise serves to support organizations and communities in the areas of community based participatory research, marketing, and professional networking. Erik holds a BA in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from California State University, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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