Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPHFounding Director
Dr. Rodríguez is professor and vice chair in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences, founding director of the Health Equity Network of the Americas, and founding chair of the UCLA Minor in Global Health. His research activities focus on health equity and social determinants of health. He is a leading researcher and policy expert in the areas of intimate partner violence, social cohesion, quality of health care and health for immigrants and other groups across the age spectrum. He has published widely and consulted for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a board member for the Blue Shield of California Foundation and Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. Dr. Rodriguez is currently Investigator of a NIH-funded project examining how state-level policies for immigrants impact their health and access to health care. He is also Co-PI for the UCLA University of California Firearm Violence Prevention Center. Dr. Rodríguez completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, attended medical school at UCLA, and completed his residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He obtained his master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Stanford-UCSF Program. Dr. Rodríguez collaborates with and mentors junior faculty and trainees in the US and Latin America.
Anne M. Dubois, MWC, APR, Fellow PRSASenior Consultant, HENA; Managing Partner, Dubois Betourné& Associates, LLC
Anne serves as a senior consultant on the HENA team, working with staff in the conceptual, planning and implementation phases of this emerging Network.As a founding partner of Dubois Betourné& Associates (DBA), she oversees client activities and, together with the DBA group, offers strategic communications, message development and dissemination strategies, research-driven programming, branding campaigns, publishing services, event management, and production of collateral including print, digital, and mobile materials for the company’s national and international clients. Anne is a certified medical writer (MWC) as granted by the American Medical Writers Association; in 2009, she was elected into the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Only 2% of the society’s 22,000 members have earned this distinction. She is also the 1999 recipient of the Ursula Laurus Citation from the College of New Rochelle, NY, for distinguished service in the field of communications and education.
Other accomplishments include: author of more than 55 publications; editor for more than 30 monographs, magazines, newsletters, or other publications; program developer for local, regional, and national public education campaigns; market research activities for corporate, federal and state government agencies; public appearances on local, state and national broadcasts; and spokesperson for agency issues. Her client base has comprised local, national and international health and education agencies including several federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anne’s experience also spans the globe in media relations efforts for clients in the health, education, and environment arenas. From the British Broadcast Company to the major US TV networks to the Wall Street Journal and print and broadcast media in cities around the world, Anne and her company have placed pertinent messages, gaining millions of impressions that have assisted in promoting the agendas for the clients served.
Noemi Rivera, MPHProject Coordinator
Noemi is a public health advocate, who has worked with community organizations such as California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, in which she organized community education and policy advocacy trainings for the local Latina/x community. She also has a strong research background; she assisted Dr. Thomas at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the Racial Self-Awareness Study through qualitative analysis. Prior to that, Noemi spent time in Puebla, Mexico through the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program hosted by the University of Southern California. In this role, she developed a mixed-method study and manuscript analyzing the gendered illness experience of patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Additionally, Noemi has also co-authored two publications in collaboration with Dr. Kristine Molina (University of California, Irvine), entitled: It weigh(t)s on you: Associations between everyday discrimination and obesity indicators among Latinos and Discrimination, racial/ethnic identity, and substance use among Latina/os: Are they gendered?, in which she explores the role of discrimination on the well-being and health behaviors of the Latinx community. Her experience as the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a public health advocate for vulnerable populations will support HENA’s mission to promote health equity and human rights in the Americas.
Noemi received a Master's in Public Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a focus on Community Health Sciences and a Bixby Certificate on Population and Reproductive Health in 2019. She also holds Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science from Smith College.