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Dr. Yanira Cruz

President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)

Yanira Cruz

Dr. Yanira Cruz is the President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA). She focuses on providing the Latino perspective on public health, older adult and caregiver issues to increase policy-maker and public understanding of the needs impacting vulnerable sectors of our society and to encourage the adoption of programs and policies that equitably serve everyone. To further these efforts, Dr. Cruz serves as a Board member for Justice in Aging. She is also a founding member of the Diverse Elders Coalition. Recently, Dr. Cruz was named one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. Dr. Cruz received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Doctorate in Public Health with a specialty in global health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Panel Information

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

11:45 AM EST

Health & Obesity Session "Addressing Health Disparities in the Latino Community" Exploring Social Determinants of Health, Focusing on Obesity.

The social determinants of health significantly impact the Latino community, particularly concerning obesity, diabetes, and type II diabetes. These conditions are influenced by a complex interplay of social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health outcomes among Latinos.

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