Dr. Maria Espinola discusses how her background in human rights led her into a journey to promote health equity. She spoke with me about her work to reduce health disparities through systemic approaches, her public policy efforts to prevent trauma and support trauma survivors, and her work with diverse organizations to promote employee wellness.
Bio: Maria Espinola, Psy.D. is the CEO of the Institute for Health Equity and Innovation, an organization dedicated to reducing healthcare disparities through innovative strategies, educational initiatives, and organizational support. She has a record of successful collaboration with leaders across universities, Fortune 100 companies, non-profit organizations and the three branches of government. She has been a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has served on the Ohio Governor’s Commission on Minority Health’s Medical Expert Panel, the University of Cincinnati President’s Diversity Council and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Espinola has received over 25 awards for leadership, health equity initiatives, innovation and community impact. Dr. Espinola has been featured by a wide range of media outlets, including the U.S. News and World Report, ABC News, TeenVogue, CNN and Reuters Health. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, her pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University Medical Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Espinola was born and raised in Patagonia, Argentina.
Personal website: https://www.drmariaespinola.com/
Company’s website: https://www.healthequityinnovation.com/