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Genoveva Islas, MPH

Genoveva Islas, MPH

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Program Director, Cultiva la Salud

Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers. She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health from California State University, Fresno and received a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University. Genoveva is the Program Director of Cultiva La Salud. Cultiva is dedicated to creating healthier communities in the San Joaquin Valley by fostering policies, systems and environmental improvements to allow for greater access to healthy foods/beverages and increased opportunities for physical activity. Cultiva’s efforts also focus on building community leadership so that residents can be more effective in advocating for healthy changes in their communities. Genoveva is the board chair for Community Water Center and a board member for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, California Institute for Rural Studies, and California Bicycle Coalition. Genoveva was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board and most recently the Health Benefit Exchange Board for California (Covered CA).

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Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers. She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health from California State University, Fresno and received a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University.

Ms. Islas is the Program Director of Cultiva la Salud. Cultiva la Salud is dedicated to creating healthier communities in the San Joaquin Valley.  Cultiva la Salud efforts also focus on building community leadership so that residents can be more effective in advocating for change in their communities.

Along with being the current Board Chair for LCHC, Ms. Islas is a board member of the California Food Policy Advocates, a board member for the California Institute for Rural Studies, a steering committee member for California Convergence and an advisory board member for various other organizations.

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