Executive Committee Members
-Promotoras Manager since 2010
-Has trained more than 70 Promotoras de Salud
For over 10 years, Ms. Reynoso has been involved in several community-based projects focused on Latino health in Kansas City promoting healthy living through the “Shopping Healthy and Flavorful” program and the “Double Up Food Bucks” program.
Antonio Mirás Neira
Antonio Mirás Neira was born and raised in Galicia, Spain. He studied Sign Language Interpretation at the Universidade de Vigo and graduated with a specialized degree in the Psychosociology of the Deaf Community and Interpretation for the Deaf-blind. Beginning in 2000, Tom worked actively as an interpreter with the Association for the Deaf in Galicia eventually becoming a lead trainer and community educator. He also served as a regional coordinator advocating for the rights of the deaf-blind community. For many years, he was an official sign-language interpreter for the Galician Parliament and taught non-verbal communication and body expression at the University of Vigo in collaboration with their Dramatic Arts department.
In 2014, Antonio moved to the US and began working as a Community Health Worker with KC CARE Clinic. Now called “Tom” by his American friends and colleagues, he rapidly gained experience helping underserved and at-risk clients navigate the health system. His enterprising work with patients at the ER at the University of Kansas Hospital helped earn him the honor of KC CARE Clinic’s “Employee of the Year” for 2015. Tom currently supervises a team of amazing Community Health Workers created by a partnership between KC CARE Clinic and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte.
Matt is the Project Supervisor at Health ICT, the Sedgwick County 1422 grantee. Matt works on efforts around the prevention of diabetes and management of hypertension by collaborating with community partners to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity within the community, assist worksites in developing healt-related policies, and provide technical assistance to medical providers in developing standardized processes that utilize all members of the care team to identify patients at risk for diabetes or hypertension. Previously, Matt administered the worksite wellness program at Via Christi Health. Matt earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education in Exercise Science from Wichita State University, with a focus on Public Health in graduate school.
Lauren Lauridsen is the Public Health Educator for the Kansas Arthritis Prohram within the Bureau of Health Promotion at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Kansas in 2012. Following graduation, she worked in mental health services and community-based programs until taking her current role in August 2017. She is currently working toward a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Community Health Education through San Jose State University, with plans to graduate in August 2018. Lauren lives with her husband in Lawrence where they enjoy being outdoors, reading, and spoiling their dog and two cats.