Center for Advancing Latino Health

The JUNTOS Mission

The main goal is to develop a comprehensive sustainable program at University Kansas Medical Center, fully integrated with the Latino community in Kansas that will both improve the health of the community and advance the field of health services research.

Community Engagement

Who We Serve

JUNTOS is committed to advancing Latino health in rural and urban areas across the state of Kansas through community based participatory research and service. To this end, JUNTOS works in collaboration with community health organizations, faith-based organizations, health care agencies, educational institutions and policymakers. These collaborations are focused on areas in Kansas with the highest concentration of under-served, uninsured Latino families.

Core JUNTOS Team

Mariana Ramírez, LMSW

Mariana Ramírez, LMSW

Director

Ileana Cepeda, MPH

Ileana Cepeda, MPH

Research Associate

Lilli Saavedra, BHS

Lilli Saavedra, BHS

Research Assistant

Mónica Fracachán Cabrera, MBBS

Mónica Fracachán Cabrera, MBBS

Research Assistant

Ruth Ramos, BHS

Ruth Ramos, BHS

Community Health Worker

Alma Patricia Ojeda

Alma Patricia Ojeda

Community Health Worker

Griselda Jimenez Muñoz

Griselda Jimenez Muñoz

Community Health Worker

Students

Laura Espinosa

Laura Espinosa

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2020

Valeria Macias

Valeria Macias

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2020

Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

2019

Ruth Ramos

Ruth Ramos

University of Missouri - Kansas City

2019

Brittany Gallardo

Brittany Gallardo

University of Missouri- Kansas City

2019

Cindy Shinkyeong Kim

Cindy Shinkyeong Kim

Christianity Humanism Academia University

2019

Valeria Salinas

Valeria Salinas

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2019

Katia Arista

Katia Arista

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2019

Stephanie Hourton

Stephanie Hourton

2019

Lilli Saavedra

Lilli Saavedra

University of Missouri - Kansas City

2018

Mayela Perez

Mayela Perez

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2018

Arlette Chavez Iñiguez

Arlette Chavez Iñiguez

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Rodrigo

Rodrigo

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Astrid Guerrero

Astrid Guerrero

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Francisco Cartujano

Francisco Cartujano

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Brenda Cartujano

Brenda Cartujano

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2015

Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2014

Alejandro Gutierrez

Alejandro Gutierrez

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2013

Yazmin Reyna

Yazmin Reyna

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2013

Students

Laura Espinosa

Laura Espinosa

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2020

Valeria Macias

Valeria Macias

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2020

Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

2019

Ruth Ramos

Ruth Ramos

University of Missouri - Kansas City

2019

Brittany Gallardo

Brittany Gallardo

University of Missouri- Kansas City

2019

Cindy Shinkyeong Kim

Cindy Shinkyeong Kim

Christianity Humanism Academia University

2019

Valeria Salinas

Valeria Salinas

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2019

Katia Arista

Katia Arista

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2019

Stephanie Hourton

Stephanie Hourton

2019

Lilli Saavedra

Lilli Saavedra

University of Missouri - Kansas City

2018

Mayela Perez

Mayela Perez

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo

2018

Arlette Chavez Iñiguez

Arlette Chavez Iñiguez

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Rodrigo

Rodrigo

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Francisco Cartujano

Francisco Cartujano

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Astrid Guerrero

Astrid Guerrero

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2016

Brenda Cartujano

Brenda Cartujano

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2015

Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2014

Alejandro Gutierrez

Alejandro Gutierrez

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2013

Yazmin Reyna

Yazmin Reyna

Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos

2013

JUNTOS Members and Collaborators

Jaime Perales Puchalt, PhD

Jaime Perales Puchalt, PhD

KU Alzheimer's Disease Center (KU ADC)

Juliana Teruel Camargo, PhD, MPH

Juliana Teruel Camargo, PhD, MPH

Dietetics & Nutrition at Kansas University Medical Center

Vicki Collie-Akers, PhD, MPH

Vicki Collie-Akers, PhD, MPH

Department of Population Health

Romina L. Barral, MD

Romina L. Barral, MD

Children's Mercy Hospital

Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH

Erin Corriveau, MD, MPH

KU Family Medicine

Allen Greiner, MD

Allen Greiner, MD

KU Family Medicine

Maria Alonso Luaces, PhD

Maria Alonso Luaces, PhD

KU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Joseph LeMaster, MD

Joseph LeMaster, MD

KU Family Medicine

JUNTOS Faculty Board

Edward F. Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH

Edward F. Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH

Department of Population Health

Chair, Population Health

Lisa Sanderson Cox, Ph.D.

Lisa Sanderson Cox, Ph.D.

Department of Population Health

Research Professor

Susan Carlson, Ph.D.

Susan Carlson, Ph.D.

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

Associate Dean for Research

Kim S. Kimminau, PhD, MA

Kim S. Kimminau, PhD, MA

Frontiers: KU Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Professor

Community Advisory Board Members

Ramona Farris

Ramona Farris

Public Relations and Communications

Partner and Consultant, Madison West Consulting

Carolina Urible

Carolina Urible

Health Care

Bilingual Therapist

Edgar Galicia

Edgar Galicia

Community-Based Organization

Director of Central Avenue Betterment Association

Elizabeth Lopez

Elizabeth Lopez

Latino media (printed & online)

Minority-owned small business owner 2+2KC Bilingual Newspaper

Tom Miras

Tom Miras

Health Care / Community Health

Community Health Worker Supervisor, KC Care Health Center

Bryan Carcamo

Bryan Carcamo

Care Coordination

Community Health Worker

Yani Vazquez

Yani Vazquez

Business

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Bianca Garcia

Bianca Garcia

Public Health

Tobacco Free Program Coordinator, Unified Government Public Health Department of Wyandotte County