Palomar faculty, staff and students came together with community members for the Palomar College Tarde de Familia, a biannual event designed to increase awareness of Latino students and their families. The program features Latino professionals in the community who share their stories of overcoming adversity to achieve their educational and career goals. The focus of this semester’s event was Health Care.
Special guest speakers were Iliana Martinez, a Kaiser Permanente Labor and Delivery Nurse and our very own Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Reynoso.
Dr. Reynoso spoke of his experience as the son of Mexican immigrants growing up in the Central Valley and North San Diego County, and his affinity for education. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer he became particularly interested in assisting the Latino/Latina community and other disenfranchised groups with access to healthcare. Reynoso received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Latin American Studies from UCLA; a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley; and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Reynoso is the first Latino to have received that Doctorate from Harvard. Most recently, he was a doctoral fellow in Total Health Promotion at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region, where he focused on designing innovative programs to address food insecurity.