Current Leader

Oscar Paul Medina

Oscar Paul Medina
Location: Los Angeles, California Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Arts in Health and Healing, Behavioral and Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Education, Health Care Access, Immigrants and Refugees, Public, Population and Community Health, Racial Justice, Violence and Trauma Populations Served: At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Foster Youth and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities
CEO & Founder
Conscious Cultura

Imagine Mia, a senior at Calexico High School. Her parents are immigrants from Mexico, her father is imprisoned, and her mother suffers from depression. Mia is raising her two younger siblings, while holding a part-time job and applying to college. During COVID-19, she lost an uncle to the virus who the family is grieving for. This is a child suffering from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—and there are nearly 10 million Latinx children like Mia in the United States today. Mia wakes up tired and goes to school stressed out. She opens a mental health app on her phone, and listens to content designed to ease her nerves and refresh her mind. At lunch, a fight breaks out which triggers her anxiety. Her teacher invites the students to open the mental health app on their laptops and an AI algorithm asks Rosa how she’s feeling (English or Spanish). She chooses from a list of mental health exercises designed to her emotional state, and listens to audio/video content. Feeling calmer, Mia continues her school day with more ease. Oscar is developing Conscious Cultura, a culturally centered, trauma-informed digital mental health platform to support Latinx students like Mia, their families, and educators in service to healing systemic trauma, and creating a more healthy, equitable, and thriving society.

Oscar’s lineage is from Mexico, born in East Los Angeles and raised in the Mojave Desert. Conscious Cultura comes out of Oscar’s experience as a survivor of childhood and intergenerational trauma. Through his healing journey, Oscar trained with leading clinical psychologists and meditation teachers working on solutions toward healing trauma in underserved communities. This experience led him to support BIPOC communities by leading and designing mindfulness-based mental health programs in the education, justice, and health sectors. During this process, he realized that to effect systemic change a preventative, scalable, and systems approach to health and well-being is crucial. Through Conscious Cultura, he is developing a culturally centered, evidence-based digital platform to heal systemic trauma and advance well-being for Latinx youth, their families, and educators. By focusing efforts on healing ACEs—which lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, poorer performance in school and work, and costs the U.S. a trillion dollars annually—research shows we can positively impact generations to come. For the last 15 years, Oscar has dedicated himself to personal and systems transformation through meditation, trauma-informed psychology, and leadership development through an equity lens. His vision as a social entrepreneur and healer is to empower Latinx and global majority communities toward building a more whole, just, and thriving world.


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