Annual Latino Health Conference

Centro SOL 10th Anniversary Latino Health Conference

Making it Stick: Advancing and Sustaining Community Health Work in Maryland

The 2024 Centro SOL’s annual Latino Health Conference will convene clinicians, public health professionals, community leaders, and other stakeholders in the critical prevention work community health workers (CHWs) / promotoras are doing in Maryland, especially in its immigrant and Latino communities.  The central idea for the conference is Making it Stick, or moving beyond just making the case for CHWs to creating equitable and sustainable infrastructure for the CHW workforce to keep our communities healthy. Join the half-day conference at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance for the afternoon and stay for Centro SOL’s 10th anniversary celebration event immediately following.

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Monday, May 13th, 2024 – conference and anniversary celebration

12PM – 8:30PM


Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Carlos Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD

Boston University School of Public Health. Pronouns (He. Him. El.)

Keynote Speaker

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz’s professional work focuses on engaging the social determinants of health to address health inequities among populations made vulnerable by factors such as incarceration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV status. He conducts community-based participatory research in Puerto Rico, with Latino communities in the US and the Caribbean region. He has several funded projects to improve HIV prevention services, including interventions to enhance continuity of care for justice-involved people and primary care for Latinx and sexual and gender minority populations. He serves as Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Laura Gutierrez

Small Business and Community Development Comptroller of Maryland. Pronouns (She/her/ella)

Keynote Speaker

Director, Small Business and Community Development

Comptroller of Maryland

Ashley Woolard, JD

Lead attorney, Public Justice Center’s Health and Benefits Equity Project. Pronouns (She, her, hers)


Ashley is the lead attorney for the Public Justice Center’s Health and Benefits Equity Project, which supports policies and practices that promote the overall health of Marylanders struggling to make ends meet. The Project seeks to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Before joining the Public Justice Center in 2018, Ashley worked at Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center) as a mental health attorney. In that role, she provided direct representation and brief legal services to individuals with behavioral health disabilities in civil rights issues and advocated for systemic changes to Maryland’s behavioral health system to improve the lives of behavioral health consumers.

Ashley graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with her Juris Doctor and the Health Law Certificate in 2015. She received the Public Service Award in recognition of her legal work that significantly advanced the public interest during her law school career.

Gabriela D. Lemus, PhD

Executive Director, Maryland Latinos Unidos (MLU), a program partner of MD Nonprofits. Pronouns (She, her, ella)


Dr. Lemus is a passionate advocate for the Latine community at the intersection of social justice and economic growth. Her career spans more than 20 years in senior strategic leadership roles in congressional and government affairs, non-profit management, policy advocacy, and community/civic engagement. She joined Maryland Latinos Unidos (MLU) as the founding Executive Director in 2020 after launching – Revolution Strategy US – a management and communications strategy consultancy where she advised clients on best practices for building multi-racial coalitions and advocacy campaigns, advancing public policy and civic engagement. In her first year as Executive Director of MLU, she co-founded and administers the Mid-Atlantic Latinx Vaccine Equity Coalition (MALVEC), now the Latino Health Equity Alliance (LHEA).


Kelly Umaña, CCHW, MPH, DrPH (c)

Founder, Umana Public Health Solutions, LLC. Pronouns (She, her, ella)


Ms. Umaña is a public health professional with over eight years of experience in public, private, government, and non-profit settings. She has worked across multiple public health topics with expertise in implementing community-based programs and community engagement, focusing on health equity. Kelly has worked in maternal and child health, neuroscience research, community health center value-based care programs, grassroots community health worker initiatives, and migrant and preventative health. During the pandemic, she led a team of community health workers serving our most underserved communities and those who were significantly impacted by COVID-19. She has advocated enhancing the community health worker workforce at the local and state level. In October 2023, she completed a Health Equity Fellowship at the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration (BPHC-HRSA) and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Milken Institute of School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science and Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was appointed to the Maryland Department of Health, Community Health Worker Advisory Committee in 2022.


Conference Planning Committee

Alexandra Moran, MD

Founder and CEO. Thriving Juntos LLC. Pronouns (she, her, ella)

Panel Moderator

Madelin Martinez

MPH Student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Former Executive Director Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus. Pronouns (she, her, ella)

Lisa Stambolis, MSN, PNP

Senior Project Manager, Neighborhood Nursing Program. Pronouns (She, her, they)

Ellen Molino, MBA

Program Manager, Centro SOL. Pronouns (She, her)

Marzena Maksym, MA

Senior Program Coordinator, Centro SOL. Pronouns (she, her, ella)

Rachel Duncan, MBA

Operations Manager, Centro SOL. Pronouns (she, her)

Sarah Polk, MD, ScM 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Co-Director, Centro SOL. Pronouns (She, her)

Monica Guerrero Vazquez, MS, MPH, DrPH (c)

Executive Director, Centro SOL. Pronouns (she, her, ella)

Agenda: May 13th 2024

12.00 PM –
12.50 PM

Welcome remarks

12.50 PM –
01.00 PM

Opening remarks and conference goals

01.00 PM –
02.00 PM

Keynote session

02.00 PM –
02.10 PM


02.10 PM –
03.10 PM

Keynote session

03.10 PM –
03.20 PM


03.20 PM –
04.35 PM


04.35 PM –
05.00 PM

Call to action, townhall session and photovoice expo: CHWs voices

05.30 PM –
08.30 PM

10th Anniversary Celebration

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