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CHCI Graduate Fellows’ 2019 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series

March 26 - April 2

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CHCI is proud to invite you to our 2019 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series!

Join us for public policy round-table discussions comprised of Members of Congress, congressional staffers, public policy experts, and national leaders, tackling some of the most pertinent issues affecting the Latino community. Each panel is organized and moderated by CHCI Graduate Fellows.

DAY ONE: Health Track

9:00 AM – 2:15 PM

45 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2043
Washington, DC 20515



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Alexis Sandoval-Uribe, CHCI-DaVita Health Graduate Fellow

Racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those who have low-incomes are statistically more likely to receive lower quality of care. As U.S. minority populations grow, their leading causes of death such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and mental illness have also seen a steady growth. Addressing the health and health care disparities that are associated with these leading causes of death is imperative for the promotion of health equity. Join us and our panel of experts as we discuss how the advancement of health equity can reduce health disparities and improve patient care among people of color.


  • Mr. Andrew Anderson, Phyllis Torda Healthcare Quality Fellow, National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • Dr. Arlene Bierman, Director, Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
  • Dr. Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director, Center on Health Equity Action, Families USA
  • Dr. Elena Rios, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

Manuel Aviña, CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Preventive Health Graduate Fellow

The briefing will provide insight into the challenges and opportunities health systems across the country have in investing in “upstream” social and economic determinants of health. Beyond the expected clinical care that hospitals are responsible for, many of them are looking for ways to get involved in these community health and policy initiatives. Join us in a conversation with health care and housing professionals as they discuss innovative ways that hospitals can contribute to housing issues.


  • Dr. Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D. Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Sara Rosenbaum, J.D. Professor at George Washington University
  • George Kleb, Executive Director for Housing and Community Development at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
  • Adam Lustig, MS, Manger for Promoting Health and Cost Control in States at Trust for America’s Health
Maria Cecilia Pfund, CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Nutritional Health Graduate Fellow

While 40 million people struggle with food insecurity in the United States, edible food is filling the landfills and using up valuable resources. Reducing food waste and feeding hungry Americans are timely social, economic and environmental issues. This briefing will shed light on food Insecurity and food waste issues by engaging in rich conversations with experts that work on the matter at community, federal, policy and research levels. The information presented will describe the problems highlighted while also suggesting potential solutions and ways in which we can all actively participate in being models for using food responsibly, and rescuing it when possible. After all, we all have contact with places that generate food surplus, be it restaurants, groceries, cafeterias, and even our own homes. All these places are opportunities to educate and raise awareness of the need to use food to feed instead of generating waste. Let’s end hunger and waste together!


9:00 AM – 2:15 PM

45 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2043
Washington, DC 20515



For more information on the sessions, select the + symbol in the dropdown menu below.

Gidget Gabriela Benitez, CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Law Graduate Fellow

Gerrymandering allows political parties to draw district lines that determine election results years before they happen. Despite rules in place, unfair redistricting practices have steadily grown worse with the rise in political parties’ uses of database technologies to sort voters based on any number of factors. Recently, cases of gerrymandering have become so extreme that the courts have decided to step in. However, is there another way?

This briefing will explore gerrymandering and its discriminatory effects on the African-American and Hispanic communities. It will also discuss tangible solutions, including the use of technology and artificial intelligence, to end the practice of gerrymandering once and for all.


  • Jayfus Doswell, Founder, The Juxtopia Group
  • Angela Manso, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, NALEO Educational Fund
  • Camille Stewart, New America Cybersecurity Policy Fellow
  • Danny Hayes, Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

Mayra Vazquez, CHCI-Wells Fargo Housing Graduate Fellow

Panel Description:
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the major form of federal housing assistance to approximately 2.2 million households. Join us for a conversation on existing and potential resources used to help voucher holders climb the socioeconomic ladder. Hear from national and local experts that will discuss vouchers, partnerships, education, and workforce development as components of upward mobility for HCV families.


  • Ron McCoy, Housing Choice Voucher Program Director, DC Public Housing Authority
  • Maria-Lana Queen, Project SOAR Program Manager, HUD Liaison for Interagency Youth Initiatives
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Marlon Greatrex, CHCI-Walton Family Foundation Education Graduate Fellow

Hispanic students are not only the second largest ethnic group in American schools, but they will also be the second largest workforce that will drive our economy.  If projections of population growth by race and ethnicity remain true, the labor force will be a quarter Hispanic by the year 2065. It is important that Hispanic students are given an equal opportunity to access high-quality school programs, Career Technical Education (CTE) and apprenticeships programs designed for high-skill labor jobs and leadership roles to ensure they will be able to compete for jobs in an economy that increasingly demands people with advanced tech skills and is replacing low-skill jobs with automation. The Census Bureau projects that the Hispanic school-age population will increase by 166% by 2050. The Hispanic labor force was nearly 19.3 million in 2004, and 25.4 million in 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that it will reach 32.5 million in 2024, increasing the share of Hispanics in the total labor force in the next five years. This briefing will bring together experts in education equity, student performance data and front-line educators. These experts will address best practices to provide more equitable and adequate funding to prepared Hispanic students for post-secondary options that include meaningful career paths through credentials or degree.


  • Jason Llorenz, JD, Vice President, Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)
  • Jamison White, National Education Data and Research Manager, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Guest Teacher, DC Public Schools




March 26
April 2


Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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