Antonio "Tom" Mirás Neira
Antonio “Tom” 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 United States and began working as a Community Health Worker with Kansas City CARE Health Center. 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 Emergency Room at the University of Kansas Hospital helped earn him the honor of Kansas City CARE Health Center’s “Employee of the Year” for 2015. Tom currently supervises a team of amazing Community Health Workers created by a partnership between Kansas City CARE Health Center and the Community Health Council of Wyandotte.
Tom served from 2017 – 2019 as the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition’s Executive Committee and Coalition Co-Chair and looks forward to continuing his service to the Coalition in this new capacity.