Welcome our new director, Liliana Osorio!

We are pleased to announce Liliana Osorio as the new Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) Director. She is taking over for Xochitl Castañeda, the initiative’s creator and leader for the last 20 years. Thanks to Xochitl’s dedication, passion and vision, HIA is considered one of the world’s leading programs on health and migration. Xochitl will remain involved with HIA, while sharing her time and experience with other programs at the University of California. With this transition in leadership, HIA will continue fulfilling its mission of coordinating and optimizing resources to reduce health disparities among the Latino population living in the United States. Now more than ever, when public policies and anti-immigrant rhetoric limit access to health and social services for migrants and their families, the work of HIA and all its partners and allies, becomes more relevant and needed. 

Liliana Osorio, MPH

Liliana has been working for HIA since 2002, and in the last eight years she has held the Deputy Director position. Liliana has overseen the coordination of Binational Health Week, one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and wellbeing of Latino immigrants. She also coordinates the annual Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health, an international academic event that provides new knowledge and training to professionals and graduate students working with mobile populations around the world.  Over the years, Liliana has collaborated on all of HIA’s projects, including the Research Program in Migration and Health (PIMSA), the Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Public Health, and the Binational Promotores Program. She has managed several national and state-wide campaigns in California targeting Spanish-speaking Latinos, and has collaborated in the development of several publications, including four editions of the “English – Spanish Dictionary of Health-Related Terms”. Liliana received her bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and Journalism in Colombia, and her Master’s in Public Health at San Diego State University.

As HIA moves into its next chapter, we hope to continue counting on your support and collaboration in establishing systems and policies to support migrant’s health and wellbeing and recognize their important and significant societal contributions.