Herminia Ramirez, MPH serves as Program Manager for Vista Community Clinic (VCC). She oversees VCC’s Migrant Health and Community Outreach Programs, and has been with the clinic for over 8 years. During her time with VCC, Ms. Ramirez has led efforts to ensure farmworkers and migrant communities have access to health care. Her work ranges from program management, grant administration, community engagement, direct service coordination, as well as policy advancement. One of the focuses in her role is supporting the work of Poder Popular, VCC’s legacy promotor group, working with over 40 Lideres in the City of Vista on health equity advancement.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Ramirez led efforts to implement COVID response efforts out in the community. Efforts included ensuring connection to resources like food and diaper distributions, distribution of PPE items, bringing the vaccine to community, and continuing to provide health education out in the field. One highlight of this work, was working with agricultural sites to bring COVID resources and vaccine access to their teams.
In March of 2021, Ms. Ramirez became the first Latina to serve in the City of Escondido’s Planning Commission. She was most recently appointed to the San Diego County’s Human Relation Commission. Ms. Ramirez also serves on the following leadership positions: Community Advisory Board Member for Communities Fighting COVID!, Board Member for Community Health Improvement Partners, Co-Chair of the San Diego County Promotores Coalition, Vice- Chair of the Farmworker CARE Coalition, Steering Committee Member of the San Diego Food Vision 2030, and is an active member of many other coalitions in the county of San Diego.