Vaishnavi Hariprasad

Vaishnavi Hariprasad
Location: Denver, Colorado Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Health Reform, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Homeless Populations, Immigrants and Refugees, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Older Adults (65+), People with Disabilities, Rural Communities
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger

Vaishnavi’s vision for a Culture of Health is to eliminate barriers and break down structural racism so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of where they come from. Currently in the United States, where we live—and which neighborhood we grew up in—is directly tied to the opportunities we have. In the same city, one neighborhood lifts children and families out of poverty, while the next traps them in poverty for generations. Vaishnavi’s work focuses on examining the root causes of inequity and eliminating barriers to create equitable, healthy, and thriving communities.

As an immigrant to the United States, Vaishnavi understood from a very young age the impact of structural racism on health and well-being. Because of her lived experience, Vaishnavi is passionate about ensuring community voice and power are central to decision-making in our systems and institutions.

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