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Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Our Team

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine; Director of CRHD
Phone: (916) 703-9211
Email: sergio.aguilar-gaxiola@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the UC Davis Health System, the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC), the co-Director of the UC Davis Latino Aging Research and Resource Center (LARRC), and co-chair of the NIH’s Community Engagement Key Function Committee for the NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). In 2007, he completed a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America (MHA) for a two year-term (2008-2010).  He is currently a Steering Committee and Research Scientist member of the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN), a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks, a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Carlos Slim Health Institute, a member of the Board of the Latino Physicians of California, First Vice President of NAMI California, and a member of the California Medical Board’s Cultural and Linguistic Competency Program Workgroup.  He has held several World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) advisory board and consulting positions and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health Surveys Consortium (WMHSC) and its Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola’s applied research program has focused on identifying unmet mental health needs and associated risk and protective factors to better understand and meet population mental health needs and reduce mental health disparities primarily in underserved populations. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the author of over 110 scientific publications. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Medal of Congress (“Medalla de la Cámara de Diputados”) of Chile for work related to mental health research, the DHHS' Office of Minority Health's 2005 National Minority Health Community Leader Award (Hispanic Community), Washington, DC, the 2007 UC Davis Academic Senate Scholarly Distinguished Service Award, the 2008 Latino Mental Health Conference Excellence in Science and Research Award from NYU Univ., the 2009 National Award of Excellence in Blending Research and Practice from the National Hispanic Science Network, and the 2012-2013 UC Davis Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community in the Academic Senate category.  Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola was a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM/NRC) Committee on Depression, Parenting Practices, and the Health Development of Young Children (2007-2009) report and the IOM/NRC Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise (2010) report. 

 

Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.


Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.

Director of Education
hton@ucdavis.edu

Hendry Ton received his A.B. degree in Psychology and Molecular Cell Biology at the University of CA, Berkeley. He graduated from the U.C. Berkeley-San Francisco Joint Medical Program where he attained a M.S. degree in Health and Medical Science, a Division of Public Health and an M.D. Degree and completed his residency at U.C. San Francisco. Currently, Dr. Ton is a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also the Director of Education at the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis, where he has authored “Providing Quality Care with CLAS: A Curriculum Toolkit For Healthcare Leaders.” Dr. Ton is the co-founder and Medical Director of the Transcultural Wellness Center, an Asian and Pacific Islander focused community mental health clinic. He has received the UC Davis Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community in 2005 and the 2007 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement for his work with communities, ethnic minorities, and cultural competence. Dr. Ton is also the Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and he leads the UC Davis medical school curriculum on cultural competence. This effort helped the Department of Psychiatry receive the prestigious American College of Psychiatrist’s Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education for its work on cultural competence in resident and medical student education. Dr. Ton has also received teaching awards for his work with medical students, residents, and faculty.

 

 Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D. 

Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D.
Community Engagement and Research Program Manager
Phone: (916)703-9210
Email: linda.ziegahn@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D., is currently the Community Engagement Coordinator with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Clinical and Translational Science Center. She earned a doctorate in Adult Education from Michigan State University. Through her work at UC Davis Medical Center, Dr. Ziegahn is able to apply her academic preparation in adult learning, community development, and intercultural communication to the many training and coaching situations that arise when clinical researchers, practitioners, and the community at large come together to engage in dialogue around the translational research process. Prior experience includes teaching and administration for 12 years at Antioch University, where she directed the Individualized Liberal and Professional Studies program and chaired the Intercultural Relations Master of Arts program; three years at Syracuse University in the Department of Adult Education; and consultant work in Rwanda, Lesotho, Ivory Coast, and Bangladesh.


Lina Mendez, Ph.D.
 
Lina Mendez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Phone: (916) 703-9227 
Email: lina.mendez@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Dr. Lina R. Mendez is a Postdoctoral Scholar of Internal Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center, at the Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD).She is currently the project manager for the Covered California Project to conduct outreach and education to the Latino community in the Sacramento and San Joaquin area about the Health Benefit Exchange.  Previously, Dr. Méndez was the project manager for the California Reducing Disparities Project and a trainer for Providing Quality Health Care with Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).   She has conducted numerous community-based forums across California to investigate the unmet mental health needs of Latinos and has collaborated in developing training workshops statewide.  She has engaged participants from rural and urban areas and the Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questionable (LGBTQ) community as well as students. 



Mauricio Rodriguez
 
Mauricio Rodriguez, MPH
Community Health Program Representative
Phone: (916) 703-9126
Email: maurici.rodriguez@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu  

Mauricio Rodriguez has a strong public health background including academic and work experience. During his studies at California State University, Fresno and Drexel School of Public Health, he was actively involved with the data collection phase of several projects. These projects included working with diverse socioeconomic and cultural populations concerning obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, depression, and heart failure. He joined the Center for Reducing Health Disparities on July 2013 to begin working on Covered California. Mauricio works with a multidisciplinary team, collaborating with project stakeholders, such as schools, community clinics, and academic institutions to improve the overall health for the community through outreach and education, particularly for underserved populations.
 

 

Raquel Shintaku 
Raquel Sotelo Shintaku

Community Health Program Representative

Phone: (916) 703-9191

Email: raquel.shintaku@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 

 

Raquel is a Community Health Program Representative; she joined the Center for Reducing Health Disparities on July 2013 to begin working on Covered California. Raquel is bilingual in Spanish and works with a multidisciplinary team, collaborating with project stakeholders, such as schools, community clinics, churches, and academic institutions to improve the overall health for the community through outreach and education, particularly for underserved populations.

 

Raquel has worked and continues to work with non-profit organizations by organizing new strategies to help raise awareness as well as sponsorships, and money to organizations, such as the Gail P. Ramos Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society “Man of the Year” Competition. Raquel has a passion for working within her Latino community and is dedicated to her family, colleagues and community.

 

Ruben Vazquez

Ruben Vazquez, BSW
Community Health Program Representative
Phone: (916) 703-9197

Ruben Vazquez has 15 years of professional experience conducting community outreach and working with migrant workers and underserved populations in the Northern California region. Ruben has worked as a Community Outreach Specialist in 6 different school districts within the Bay Area and San Joaquin region. In these districts Ruben was very active in promoting school attendance and was member of the CASWA committee who work in reducing school truancies. Prior to being a Community Health Program Representative, Ruben worked 9 years in the mental health outpatient setting for Dignity Health Behavioral Clinic in the South Side of Sacramento. In these clinics Ruben provided social work, case management, and advocacy services for patients and their families. Ruben joined the Center for Reducing Health Disparities on July 2013 to work on the California Covered program providing outreach and education about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the large Latino population in the Sacramento area.