Housing is a Health Issue

Our Keynote Speaker

Omar Passons Esq, MPH
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Omar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and evaluated public health and social service programs. Omar has spent the last decade working to stimulate and foster local businesses.  As a land use attorney, ...

Health Focus

La’Toya Renea Garrett, LMFT
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La’Toya Renea Garrett is the founder of Anu Legacy Counseling Services, LLC which has an integrative holistic approach to wellness, acknowledging the mind, body, spirit communication throughout the human experience. ...

Monica Hinton, PhD
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Monica Hinton, PhD has worked in Mental Health and Substance Abuse for over 20 years. She is a Behavioral Health Therapist at SHARP McDonald Center, which is a medically supervised ...

Dr Samira Jones
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Dr. Samira Jones is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Nutrition Consultant who works with the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division. Dr. Jones is a trained dietitian ...

Angela de Joseph
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Angela de Joseph is the writer-producer-director of State of Emergency: Tackling Black Men’s Health, a documentary that addresses the health crisis among African American men and has been embraced by ...

Mary Tesfaldet
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Mary Tesfaldet is currently enrolled at San Diego State University, and is President of the NAACP San Diego Youth Council.

Housing Focus

Rev. Richard Lawrence
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The Rev. Richard Lawrence, a retired Methodist clergyman whose ministry is committed to social justice, organized and has served as the first chair of the San Diego Affordable Housing Coalition ...

David Estrella
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Director, Housing and Community Development Services Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego San Diego, CA David Estrella joined the County of San Diego in 2002. He is ...

Shonda Herold
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Shonda Herold joined the development team at Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation in 2017. She is serving as project manager on two developments, representing $53 million of investment in affordable ...

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi
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Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi serves as the Assistant Director of Public Service at USD Law, where she directs USD Law’s Pro Bono Program and advises students to help launch their public service ...

Kathryn Rhodes
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Katheryn Rhodes has her Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from SDSU, and is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. She has written many Geotechnical Investigations with ...


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