Dr. Seciah Aquino serves as Deputy Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) — the State’s leading policy organization advocating for health equity in the Latino community. In her role, she is responsible for building and activating the infrastructure needed to further strengthen organizational, financial, policy and program development while advancing LCHC’s external strategy. Throughout her career, Dr. Aquino has worked to address health inequities across the nation. From serving as a promotora in LA County to advancing policy work at the State level through the Legislative and Executive branches of the Massachusetts State Government. Most recently, she led the public benefits portfolio at the California Immigrant Policy Center where she successfully advanced affirmative policy strategies to address social determinants of health and led over 150 organizations in the state-wide response to the Federal Public Charge threats as the chair of the California Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition.
Dr. Aquino holds a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Harvard University and a Master of Science (MS) in Global Medicine from the University of Southern California. She is an inaugural member of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Health Policy Research Scholars program and as such, is committed to building a Culture of Health across the nation and ultimately the world. Dr. Aquino was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. Through life experience, she has been blessed to learn first-hand how to stand up for the oppressed, how to provide for the needy, and how to speak up for the rights of the destitute.