The Public Health Crisis and Racial Inequities

Recorded On: 06/19/2020

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The pandemic, economic crisis, and racial justice protests highlight the larger public health disparities in our communities of color. Speakers will address these issues:

  • The historic framework and why race still matters
  • The importance of analysis in developing short- and long-term strategies
  • How a resilience helps sharpen the focus on health disparities
  • Current public health priorities related to the pandemic:  targeted testing, catching up on childhood immunizations

Gordon Goodwin

Government Alliance on Race and Equity Director

Gordon brings significant experience to the new Race Forward working with senior leadership teams to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission and program alignment. His specialties include organizational strategy development, program delivery and impact, and governance and leadership. Gordon has worked for 30 years with and for foundations, community development organizations and public : private sector consortia in metropolitan and rural settings. He has worked extensively with organizations that have formed collaborative efforts to advance their advocacy and public policy objectives—specifically, designing and facilitating working group meetings, trainings, governance discussions and organizational strategic alliances. Gordon has contributed to poverty reduction and racial equity public policy efforts with PolicyLink, Northwest Area Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation, Foundation for the Mid South, CFED and The Aspen Institute.

He is based in Saint Paul, MN. He is married, a proud parent of two adult children, a caretaker for two small dogs, and repairs and rides motorcycles in his spare time.

Genesis Gavino

Resilience Officer, City of Dallas, TX

Genesis currently serves as the Resilience Officer for the City of Dallas where she works closely with the executive team across the organization to implement the Resilient Dallas Strategy and establish a compelling resilience vision for the city by working across all departments and with the local community to maximize innovation and minimize the impact of poverty, financial insecurity, health and wellness, equity, transportation, and government performance.

Genesis holds a bachelor of arts in business administration with a focus on management and operations from Washington State University; and a master’s in public administration and certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington. 

Luis Javier Hernández Ortiz

Mayor, Villalba, Puerto Rico

Luis Javier (Javy) Hernandez Ortiz is 42 years old; he is the father of two girls, Victoria and Isabel. He currently serves as the Mayor of the Autonomous Municipality of Villalba, and has done so since 2013. 

Mr. Hernandez has a Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico (Magna Cum Laude), and a Doctor's Degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Cum Laude). He studied International and European Union Law at the Fundaci6n Ortega y Gasset, in Toledo, Spain. 

He was in private practice as an attorney for several municipal­ities and advisor for different health-related companies for ten years. 
He was appointed by (former) Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla to serve as a member on the Workforce Investment Act, and currently presides the Municipal Coalition for Economic Development (Consortium)'s Board of Mayors. 

Currently serving as the interim president of the Association of Mayors, he has been appointed to repre­sent the entity in several working groups, such as the group which prepared municipal bills to present to the Fiscal Oversight Board; and the drafting of the Country's Energy Transformation Plan. His main focus is to improve his Municipality's education system, and transform it into the first energy self-sufficient city. 

After Hurricane Maria, he brought an old hydroelectric plant located in his town of Toro Negro into operation. That way, he was able to provide electric power to his people just 30 days after the catastrophic phenomenon. This led to the creation of the first Energy Consortium along with the Municipalities of Orocovis, Barranquitas, Ciales and Morovis. With this, they seek to establish a resilient, renewable and economic system through the use of hydroelectric power along with a solar panel system with battery storage to be able to generate close to 130 MV. This project will be the first energy micro-network in the mountain area, which will allow for the greatest economic development in its history. 


06/19/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/19/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available