Dr. Gino Aisenberg, Co-Director
Dr. Gino Aisenberg, an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, is a bilingual/bicultural Latino mental health researcher. In 2013, Dr. Aisenberg was named Associate Dean, the Graduate School, to provide leadership in promoting diversity and community partnerships. He is the founding co-Director of the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington.
His interests focus on three interrelated areas impacting underserved ethnic minority populations: 1) traumatic exposure of children and families to community violence and associated post-traumatic stress disorder, 2) depression care for adults, and 3) evidence-based practice.
Dr. Aisenberg obtained his MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Southern California. Since coming to the University of Washington in 2002, Dr. Aisenberg’s research and teaching have been deeply informed by culture and context and reciprocal partnerships with community-based agencies serving marginalized and rural communities. Dr. Aisenberg is staunchly committed to address disparities in the access and utilization of behavioral health services by diverse populations.
Dr. Leo Morales, Co-Director
Dr. Leo Sergio Morales is the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the UW School of Medicine and founding Co-Director of the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington. He received his MD and MPH degrees from the University of Washington and his PhD degree from the RAND Graduate School in Policy Analysis. After completing a residency in primary care internal medicine at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, he was recruited to the UCLA School of Medicine where he held faculty positions as assistant and associate professor, and co-directed the UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research.
He is a past recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Minority Foundation Medical Faculty Development Award and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award. His research focuses on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and the measurement of patient resorted outcomes in diverse population settings. In recognition of his research contributions, he was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2007.
Dr. India J. Ornelas, Research Director
Dr. Ornelas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. She currently serves as the Research Director for the Latino Center for Health. Her research focuses on how social and cultural factors influence health and the development of interventions to address Latino health disparities.
Dr. Ornelas received her MPH from the University of Washington and her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center working with Beti Thompson on Latino health disparities in Seattle and the Yakima Valley. She also served as a fellow with the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While at the CDC, she had the opportunity to work at the local, state, and federal level to develop programs to address U.S.-Mexico border health disparities.
Nora Coronado, Director of Community Engagement
Nora works to grow research opportunities for those interested in Latino Health issues throughout the region. She is also the Director of Community Partnership and Development at the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI). Her responsibilities include developing and strengthening partnerships throughout the WWAMI region which includes the Schools of Medicine, community based organizations, clinics and other strategic partners. She also partners with student organizations and professional groups to collaborate in developing mentoring and educational opportunities across our campuses.
Nora is of Mexican origin. Her father and his family immigrated into this country from Mexico as migrant farmworkers. She was born and raised in Eastern Washington where her family settled. She was the first in her family to obtain a college education. Nora enjoys serving as a Commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. In this role her area of interest is in health inclusive of mental, physical and environmental health. She currently participates on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, the Speaker of the House’s Task Force on Mental Health, and the Governor’s Council on the Healthiest Next Generation.
Genevieve Aguilar, Communications Director
Genevieve oversees the center’s marketing and media strategies. Born and raise along the US – Mexico borderlands, she has a long history of working to advance the health and rights of immigrant communities and communities of color. She has previously worked on housing and education issues at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, environmental and economic justice issues at Puget Sound Sage, civil rights and civil liberties issues at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and served as a community builder for the Seattle Housing Authority HOPE VI community at High Point.
She has served on the boards of Equal Rights Washington, the Washington Alliance for Reproductive Choice, the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, the Partnership for Working Families, and Entre Hermanos. Genevieve received her MPA from Princeton and her BA in Chicano Studies & Urban Studies from Stanford. She is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at Seattle University and is a member of the Western Washington Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.