Dr. Omar Escontrías

Senior Vice President of Equity, Research & Programs, National Health Council

Dr. Omar Escontrías

Dr. Omar A. Escontrías has close to 15 years of public health expertise in the areas of community engagement, coalition building, health policy, and evidence-based research. Over the span of his career, Dr. Escontrías has worked with local and state governments in the area of infectious and chronic disease prevention. His expertise in mixed methods allows him to provide guidance and expertise in the areas of research methods, epidemiology, project management, and public policy. He is dedicated to maximizing access to health care for the underserved/uninsured/underresourced populations with an aim to reducing health inequities among those disproportionately impacted by social and economic policies. Dr. Escontrías holds a Doctorate of Public Health in health policy and management, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology, a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona.

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10:10 AM EST

Latinos y la Salud: Health and Nourishment in Our Community

Authorities in the field and related advocacy will impart their insights on the intersection of Latinos and health. We are aware that Hispanics disparately suffer from such major afflictions as heart and kidney disease, diabetes and obesity, even COVID-19, to name a few. Panelists will elaborate on these, and on tools and resources available in order to navigate affordable health care. As well as challenges to accessing proper or preventive care as a result of language barriers, and income inequality.

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