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MEDA Policy Analyst Lucia Obregon Selected for National Fellowship in Prestigious Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing
Promoting health equity by harnessing data, developing leaders and catalyzing partnerships
SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, 2022 — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that Policy Analyst, Community Organizing Manager Lucia Obregon has been selected as a participant in the inaugural Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing. Obregon was one of 40 successful applicants selected from a national pool of 250 medical professionals, public health experts and community-based changemakers.
Obregon will be participating in the 18-month leadership experience, which is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and sponsored by the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE). The NCHE’s mission is to promote health equity by harnessing data, developing leaders and catalyzing partnerships across the many different sectors that share responsibility for creating a more equitable and just society.
The program employs a transformative framework entitled Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) to strengthen the community of practitioners who, like Obregon, are advancing the movement for racial and health equity in their work.
“Lucia is a stellar candidate for this program,” said MEDA Policy Counsel, Director of Advocacy Norma P. García. “She will leverage this experience for a lasting impact across many communities, especially where racism has taken a disproportionate toll on low-income, marginalized communities of color.”
Through the program, Obregon will connect with a national community of like-minded individuals to be nurtured in their work advancing racial and health equity. She will be supported and have a pathway to share her lived and professional experience at MEDA with other national practitioners. Additionally, Obregon will have the opportunity to acquire tools and resources to hold public officials and private sector leaders more accountable for real progress around health equity.
The $75,000 in NCHE funding per fellowship is earmarked for two items: professional development and a coach; and to support a project to facilitate the participant’s work to advance racial healing and relationship-building. Program experience includes: monthly virtual learning opportunities with peers and other experts doing work aligned with the TRHT framework; collectively applying actionable knowledge using the five pillars; narrative change, racial healing and relationship-building; separation, the law and economy to effectively interrupt and dismantle the belief systems and structural racial inequities that sustains a hierarchy of human value; individualized coaching; peer learning and sharing opportunities; and retreats focused on fostering deep connection with other practitioners doing complementary work.
The fellowship began May 11, 2022.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. We envision generations of Latino families choosing where to call home, thriving economically, succeeding in learning opportunities, and leading policy and social change toward a more equitable society.