Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition
"Coming together, creating change."
The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition is building collective power to move individuals and communities to better health.
The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition (MLHC) is a group of people who are passionate about Latino health. We are health care professionals, social service professionals, community advocates, health promoters, community members and much more. Our Action Teams are working hard to address issues that affect the health of Latinos. By coming together, we can create the change that we want to see in our communities.
The MLHC is building collective power to move individuals and communities to better health. We are responsible for identifying issues that most affect our health and taking action to address those issues. We believe that when we organize our communities around the same issues, we will be more powerful to effect the change we want.
We are responsible for identifying issues that most affect our health and taking action to address those issues. We believe that when we organize our communities around the same issues, we will be more powerful to effect the change we want.
The MLHC recognizes that health is determined by a variety of factors. In order to be healthy, we need to implement a comprehensive strategy to address the issues of our community, such as access to care, immigration, socio-economic status, education, built environment, and racism. We expect to live in a community where there is equal distribution of resources to ensure that everyone has opportunities for complete physical, mental and social well-being.
The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition is a collaboration of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting health and wellness, reducing health disparities, eliminating stigma, and striving for social justice through education, advocacy, research, and sharing of resources.
A Latino community with access to equitable and culturally appropriate healthcare services and resources which foster health and well-being.
The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition (MLHC) was founded in February 2007 to increase collaboration between organizations and community members and, using a holistic approach, improve Latino health. The MLHC founding organizations were CORE/El Centro and Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. CORE/El Centro was the fiscal agent for the MLHC since its founding in 2007. As of 2012, the Council for the Spanish Speaking / Centro Hispano assumed this role. Sixteenth Street became the convening agency and fiscal agent of the MLHC as of November 2017.
Executive Committee members:
Chair: Maritza Contreras | American Family Insurance
Vice Chair: Al Castro | United Community Center
Treasurer: Francisco Bravo | Consultant
Sixteenth Street Rep: Caroline Gomez Tom, Director of Patient and Community Engagement
Action Team Chairs:
Research Action Team: Al Castro | United Community Center
Mental Health Action Team: Melissa Waldo | Sixteenth Street
Chris Mambu Rasch | Sixteenth Street
Steering Committee Board members:
Erika Colón | Hispanic Nurses’ Association
Matt Crespin | Children’s Health Alliance
Raquel Filmanowicz | BMO
Rosamaria Martinez | Research Action Team Rep
Maria Miramontes | Core El Centro
Robert Ramerez | Ascension Health
Mariana Rodriquez | UMOS Latina Resource Center
Frank Robinson, | Children’s Hospital
Bethany Sanchez | Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Marwill Santiago | MLHC Education Team Rep
Alexandra Urrutia-Comas | Aurora Advocate Health
Oscar Tovar | City of Milwaukee
Erika Villafuerte | Consultant
Melissa Waldo | MLHC Mental Health Action Team Rep
This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.