Thelma Bojórquez is a Project Specialist with our Advancing Health Literacy Program, bringing a diverse public health background to the role. She began her public health work as a UCLA student by working in community-based participatory research. She organized health fairs across Los Angeles County and Tecate, Mexico, later expanding to health policy, advocacy, and administrative efforts, while maintaining a community-centered approach. Thelma continued her work with border communities in San Diego by getting involved in humanitarian aid across the California-Baja desert and working with the County’s Office of Border Health while completing her MPH in Health Management and Policy from San Diego State University.
Having grown up undocumented and uninsured gave Thelma a unique view into how public health issues can be addressed with an intersectional perspective. Her own mission is to center the needs of traditionally disenfranchised populations, alongside other like-minded individuals.
Thelma joined the Center for Community Health in 2023.