UVA Latino Health Initiative

The UVA Latino Health Initiative (LHI) is an organization of the University of Virginia under the Department of Population Health that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the Latino community in the Charlottesville area and by doing this narrow the gap between the University of Virginia and this community. LHI is supported by faculty members from the School of Medicine other colleges and more than 50 graduate and undergraduate students. With an engaged community advisory board and a faculty advisory group, we run 4 different community health programs: The Cardiovascular Initiative for the Latino Community Health, the Compañeros Training, and Empowerment Program, Family Health Evenings, and the Latino Clinic at the Charlottesville Free Clinic.


Latinx Health Access

The UVA Latino Health Initiative believes that a continual and united effort to provide health services will alleviate health disparities within the Latino community.

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Listen About Our Experience

UVA Latino Health Initiative podcast teamThese podcasts were created by collaborating UVA undergraduate students with the support of their faculty professor Esther Poveda in her courses. They write for social justice and change and community conversations.

UVA LatinoLa Iniciativa para servir – epoveda


Reducir la brecha – epovedaUVA Latino


Latinx Communities and COVID-19: A Message from Max Luna, MD

Latinx communities have suffered great losses in the COVID-19 pandemic. Cardiologist Max Luna, MD, speaks to the social inequities that have made Latinx communities more vulnerable to COVID-19, and the importance of access to vaccines as the communities begin to recover.

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