Current Leader

Yolanda Carrillo

Yolanda Carrillo
Location: Chicago, Illinois Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Health Care Access, Immigrants and Refugees, Occupational Health, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities, Migrant Workers, Rural Communities, Victims of Crime
Chief Legal Counsel
Illinois Department of Labor

Yolanda focuses her work on advocating for low-wage workers. Through this work, she has expanded her representation beyond advocating for traditional worker rights to advocating for safe and healthy workplaces. Through her representation of these workers, Yolanda has identified issues that critically affect low-wage worker communities, with a specific focus on agricultural and rural workers in Illinois. Two of the main issues impacting these communities are their rural nature and being unknown to government, local health departments, and community-based organizations. Yolanda seeks to create a bridge between these worker communities and government and social services. The bridge is critical to improve the health outcomes of members of these communities that lack the access needed to improve conditions, be it medical or environmental.


Yolanda is an attorney who has advocated for low-wage workers with various issues such as working without proper safety equipment, pesticide exposure, the impact of the public charge rule, food insecurity, and substandard living conditions. This work has allowed her to develop a perspective on public health through the lens of low-wage work and how it necessarily impacts health outcomes.



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