Kimberly K. Gudino grew up in South Sacramento where she experienced social inequities in education and healthcare first hand. Her exposure to these social inequalities prompted her to find her voice and become civically engaged. She joined Brown Issues with the motivation to help address some of the social ills that plague far too many Latinx communities and transitioned her personal experience into advocacy. Ms. Gudino developed and presented youth-centered workshops related to the importance of universal high quality affordable healthcare coverage, the negative health impacts sugar sweetened beverages, and the high cost of mass-incarceration in promoting safe and healthy communities. Today, she serves as the Brown Issues Rosa Parks Middle School Advisor where she is tasked with helping to provide youth with social-emotional support programing and acts as an LCHC ambassador that introduces health advocacy campaigns to youth and their families. As a Health Justice Fellow, she aspires to learn more about how community voice can better inform policy design and implementation. Ms. Gudino is in pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.
Samuel Torres was born in Phoenix, Arizona, under the reigns of Joe Arpaio where he witnessed inequality and prejudice towards his familia. He was eight-years-old when his family moved to Sacramento and joined Brown Issues as a sophomore at C.K. McClatchy High School. He is currently attending Sacramento City College and plans to transfer to a four-year university in pursuit of a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Through his involvement with Brown Issues, he became a Health Justice Fellow with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. He seeks to empower local youth by providing them leadership opportunities that exposes them to cultural, social, and health issues. He was drawn to health injustice because he saw how much his parents struggled without access to the basic right that is health care. Through his advocacy efforts Samuel hopes to one day live in a Healthy California.
Carmen Martinez was born and raised in South Sacramento. She is currently attending California State University, Sacramento, majoring in English, and aspires to work in the education system. She has been a member of Brown Issues since she was a junior in highschool and is committed to serving youth within the Latino community by advocating for health justice and education equality. As a Health Justice Fellow, she wants to ensure that youth in her community are not only aware and engaged in health policy, but also that youth voices are at the center of the movement.
Savannah Mendoza was born and raised in Oak Park, Sacramento. While attending C.K. McClatchy high school, she became a member of Brown Issues where she grew to better understand herself and her community. Through the mentorship and opportunities of Brown Issues, Savannah found her voice and began to advocate for healthy communities for all. Her advocacy experiences with Brown Issues has inspired her to pursue politics so that she can help improve the lives of those in her community at a systemic level. Savannah has been selected to be a Health Justice Fellow with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California where she connects her experience of grassroots organizing with statewide legislation. She is currently attending Sacramento City College studying Political Science and California Studies. Savannah would ultimately like to obtain her Masters in Public Policy and Administration and run for office.
Marbella Avalos-Corona is the Health Justice Intern for the Latino Coalition for a California, based in Los Angeles. She currently attends the University of California, Los Angeles and is double majoring in Political Science and Human Biology and Society. Previously, Marbella was a Community Engagement Intern for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), JusticeCorps Member in the Van Nuys, Los Angeles Court Self-Help Center, Personal Injury Legal Intern at Andersen Law Firm, and Public Health Intern at the Kern County Department of Public Health. In May 2017, she was a recipient of the California Endowment’s Health Justice Scholar Award, which is awarded to students who have shown themselves to be committed to advancing health equity in California. Marbella is an aspiring lawyer who strives to continue addressing social determinants of health and working towards health equity.