Current Leader

Yadira Montoya

Yadira Montoya
Location: Chicago, Illinois Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Arts in Health and Healing, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Elder Care, Health Care Access, Immigrants and Refugees, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities, Older Adults (65+), Urban Communities
Research Scientist
NORC at the University of Chicago

La Villita (Little Village) is the largest Mexican community in the Midwest. It has also been home to Yadira since she was 5 years old, when her family immigrated to the United States and arrived in Chicago. Yadira and her family’s experiences growing up in this vibrant—but disinvested—community and navigating the perplexing and (often) unwelcoming health care system shaped her decision to pursue a career in public health. She envisions La Villita as a thriving, healthy, and inclusive community for people of all ages and works to support community-driven programs and strategies that address social determinants of health. She is deeply committed to building capacity and improving resources to address the growing needs of older Latino adults and families facing Alzheimer’s disease.

Yadira believes that health is a basic human right. As an immigrant, public health practitioner, and researcher, she is committed to advancing health equity—with a focus on older Latino adults. She is passionate about research and community strategies that address the intersection of immigration, Alzheimer’s disease, and caregiving.

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