For America Bracho, health is more than just the absence of disease. She believes having parks, access to healthy foods and being civically involved are just as important. When she arrived in Santa Ana, California, over a decade ago, few services focused on children with diabetes, a growing problem in a city with many low-income Latino families. We feature Bracho, the founder and executive director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention, as one of our Health Heroes.
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America Bracho is the founder and executive director of Latino Health Access, a Santa Ana based organization dedicated to the health needs of Latinos in Orange County. A native of Venezuela, she worked helping fight several epidemics, and moved to the U.S. in 1986, where she helped fight HIV/AIDS. She also a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization and is nationally recognized as an expert in Latino Health issues.