Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Marin Coalition Lunch presents "Health and Wellness from Indigenous to Current Perspectives"

Marin Coalition Presents:
“Health and Wellness - From Indigenous to Current Perspectives”
Guest Speakers:
Cio Hernandez, Mental Health Practitioner, County of Marin
David Escobar, Administrative Aide, Marin County Board of Supervisors

Luncheon and Speaker Program – May 6, 2015

Marin County is like the tale of two cities. Known for its wealth, health and beauty, it is also home to suffering and challenges often hidden from the mainstream perspective. Join Cio Hernandez as she describes factors that make Marin the healthiest county in the state, as well as one with inadequate healthcare for many. As an example of fulfilling an unmet need, she will describe the work of the Latino Health Policy Working Group. Then hear from David Escobar as he promotes a deeper understanding of Indigenous peoples from Latin America. David’s membership in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, American Indigenous Research Association, and advisory board member to the Marin Museum of the American Indian prepares him to talk about present day values, history, culture, and the struggles to retain indigenous identity here in Marin County.

Cio Hernandez, MS, LMFT, is currently a Mental Health Practitioner for the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. She serves as a liaison with the Marin County Board of Supervisors, sits on the Institutional Review Board for the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, and is Chair of the Community Committee of the Bay Area Health Inequities Initiative. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from U.C. Berkeley in Women’s Studies and Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University.

David Escobar is the Administrative Aide for Fourth District Marin County Supervisor Steven Kinsey. Previously he held the position of probation officer for the Marin County Probation Department and drug and alcohol counselor for the Marin County Jail. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College, and a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from New College. He is also a part-time adjunct faculty at Dominican University in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, where he teaches Indigenous Perspectives.

David Escobar objected to being videotaped on religious grounds so with his permission the Marin Coalition is providing this audio tape of the speech. You can hear s his thoughts on the youtube, "The Fight for Equity"  HERE

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