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Julissa partners with funders, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, school districts, government agencies and many others to provide evidence-based, innovative community programming that breaks down barriers to access, meets communities where they are, utilizes culturally relevant language and outreach, and addressed key social indicators of health for underserved populations.

Vaccine Sundays

Vaccine Sundays


Developed by Julissa Soto during the COVID-19 Pandemic, “Vaccine Sundays creates opportunities for community health education and vaccines at churches and community and neighborhood events.  Contact Julissa today to set up a program in your community.

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When I initially thought of the Vaccine Sunday clinic, I imagined a few signs and posters would be put up, maybe an email would be sent to members of the church, a posting maybe shared in the weekly bulletin, and then a quick announcement made after mass. A clinic would then be set up down the hall so church members could stop by there, receive whatever vaccine they needed, and then go home. To some, that may seem like enough to reach the community. To Julissa that is just the beginning. Outreach and sharing the message of vaccines is a Monday through Sunday job for Julissa and I was able to get a tiny glance into that process when I attended one of the Vaccine Sunday clinics.

During the week before the clinic Julissa went to speak to the nearby school next to the church and took the time to knock on neighbor’s doors to speak with them and invite them to the clinic. Even on Sunday as the clinic was taking place she didn’t stop. Julissa took the time to share her story at the host church where the clinic was taking place and spoke about the importance of being vaccinated without making the community feel pressured. For those who were either already vaccinated or uninterested in the vaccine at the time, she also encouraged them to still stop by the clinic to ask questions and receive masks and at-home COVID-19 tests to still protect themselves, their loved ones, and also their enemies. Always on the lookout, we visited two neighboring churches down the road and invited them to attend the clinic as well. The other churches could’ve been hesitant or uninviting but they warmly welcomed us in. I was able to see how, even though they might’ve been different religions and from different backgrounds, Julissa was able to relate to them on common ground through the love and goodness of God. With a crowd of people she’d never met, she was able to be welcoming, relatable, and funny while encouraging them to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated. She even encouraged them to spread the word and text their enemies since everyone is welcome. We brought masks and a few at-home test kits to share with them as well in case they were unable to make it to the clinic.

To make sure everyone in the community felt included, the clinic was hosted in the parish center next to the church. This was an important decision that showed a great sense of respect and inclusiveness for people of different religions and backgrounds. A table of masks and at-home COVID tests was also set up encouraging visitors to take as much as they needed. This was an important resource since many people may have had large families and were normally hindered by the government COVID test order limits or when shopping in the stores.

Overall, attending the Vaccine Sunday clinic showed me the importance of bringing care and access directly to the community to best meet their needs. It also showcased the importance of respect and communication while relating to the community. Vaccines may still be a hesitant or uncertain subject for most people but Julissa showed her true passion for reaching those communities who may not always have access. She is a true example of how waiting on the sidelines is not going to reach the communities who need it, but rather people must be willing to interact directly with the communities they wish to serve.

One School, One Vaccine at a Time

One School, One Vaccine at a Time


This   signature program from Julissa Soto Latino Health Equity Consulting provides authentic community engagement that breaks down barriers to full vaccinations for marginalized youth, families and communities in schools.

Through this program, we partner with school districts and providers to bring wellness education, community-based resources, and routine childhood immunizations directly to children, students and their families.

By utilizing a Cultural Validation approach, we meet communities where they are, and break down barriers to vaccine hesitancy and access to care. Our teams are multi-lingual and work to research the various cultures within school districts before we come on campus. We’re dedicated to serving families with lower incomes, refugees, and all others in the district who might otherwise experience barriers to care.

If your district is looking to create a culture of health and wellness for your students and their families, contact Julissa Soto at (720) 427-5542 to partner with One School, One Vaccine at a Time today. 

 

Prevention is Health Broadcast Radio Show

Prevention is Health


Julissa Soto proudly hosts, Prevention is Health, on Tigre Radio (KGRE) the first Mondays of each month. KGRE is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format. Tigre Radio is proudly the first Spanish station in all of Northern and Southern Colorado managed and operated locally. Broadcasting out of Mexico City, Radio Educación is known for producing high-quality Spanish language educational and informational programming. It operates as a decentralised body of the Ministry of Education, and functions in cooperation with the National Council for Culture and the Arts. The station places a focus on highlighting aspects of Mexican culture, with a particular emphasis on the creative arts. It has a long-standing tradition of producing popular audio soap operas, but also features informational features on serious subjects like history, politics, literature, science and sexual health.

 

Featured Guests


NOVEMBER 2023 – Leah Elcock (Immunizations program)

Leah Elcock (Immunizations program) Leah has been with El Paso County’s Immunization Clinic for three years and currently serves as Project Management Specialist. She works…

October 2023 – Care Coordination With El Paso County Health Department

Bertha Castillo received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Monterey Bay where she majored in Collaborative Health and Human Services with an Interdisciplinary concentration…

September 2023 – Andrea Alban, LPC

Andrea Alban, LPC, will be our guest in September 2023.  My name is Andrea Alban and I have worked for Diversus Health for almost 6…

August 2023 – Dr. Jose Martinez-Gamba

Dr. Jose Martinez-Gamba is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Board Certified) in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since…

Vaccinate Your Family

Vaccinate Your Family University


Julissa is proud to partner with Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) on efforts related to increasing health equity. VYF’s Vaccination Community Navigator (VCN) training series is a free, bilingual (English/Spanish), four-part continuing education curriculum for Promotores de Salud and Community Health Workers to become Vaccination Community Navigators by learning how to encourage vaccination in their communities and navigate people to vaccination services. Learn more about the program here

View the complete flyer in English and Espanol

 

We’re excited to partner with Vaccinate Your Family to provide Spanish Language Vaccine Outreach

Health and Wellness Programs

Diabetes Prevention


A lifestyle change program where participants learn, laugh, share stories, try new things and build new habits – all while lowering their risk of type 2 diabetes and improving their health. Course includes CDC approved lessons and resources that empower participants to make healthy changes. Participants also receive the support of a lifestyle coach. 

Vegetables, Fruits and Vaccines
Verduras, Frutas y Vacunas
Mercado Partnership Program


Julissa partners with local markets and businesses to bring health equity and access directly to the community. Find out how to become a partner by contacting Julissa today. 

Testimonials

Thank you so much for coming to our school and coordinating this vaccine clinic. Your competency and experience is evident when watching you manage the large group of recipients and those who were providing the immunizations.  I especially love how you put your heart into your mission to reach out to those who cannot or have great difficulty getting this service elsewhere.  This is a valuable gift to the community.  You were so effective in persuading the DH staff to stick around just a little longer to provide services for those who were waiting in the auditorium at 6 pm.  I am sure they were also very grateful.  Thank you so much for your promise to return in a week or so and again until those who were not able to receive immunizations tonight are cared for.  There was a very large turnout due to all the pre clinic outreaching.  The Denver Health team worked so diligently, but with multiple unforeseen circumstances, including a reduction in staff, were prevented from moving the lines more quickly.  I feel your plan to reach out to the adults with multiple vaccines and then again to the families as a whole with emphasis on the children, will help to provide greater immunity to the surrounding communities.  Recently we have seen a large influx of refugees who are in ominous and unfortunate circumstances.  Many are greatly in need of multiple vaccinations.  Our closest DH School Based Health Clinic that is within walking distance (the one I have been referring our students to) is currently booked  for immunizations until April. You have been so wonderful to work with and I look forward to continuing our partnership to serve our community. – Darene Faulkner, BSN, RN
This past Wednesday, my community, Ashley Elementary, had the privilege to partner with Julissa Soto. We had a vaccine clinic where hundreds of vaccines were given to our families and they were happy they were able to get incentives, free clothes as well as Covid tests. The event was well organized. As many schools are understaffed and community needs continue to grow we need community brokers like Julissa, who can relate to our most marginalized communities and who can amplify their needs and get their needs met. Julissa did tons of community outreach which resulted in a great turnout! we were happy to partner with her and would loved to do it again in the spring. When we talk about our Denver Public Schools core values like students first, equity and collaboration. This is what we mean! We need partners like Julissa to make this a pleasant experience for all families and staff. -Janet Estrada, Interim Principal
THANK YOU, Julissa, for your work and dedication to vaccinating our community! Our DPS students benefit from this access to vaccines and you provide it within a culturally-relevant, inclusive, and welcoming environment. – Denver Public Schools Board President

Mobil Health Clinic of CO is the best! Bryant Webster is grateful to partner with Julissa Soto and CDPHE Equity Team to meet the needs of our community.

Julissa…I wanted to congratulate you on being recognized with a 2023 AIM Champion Award! This prestigious award honors individuals at the local level who go above and beyond to foster and promote vaccines for adults and/or children in their communities. The award winners are a diverse array of pharmacists, providers, nurses, and community leaders that have made a significant impact on improving public health through increasing immunization rates for their community. We are so grateful for all of the amazing work you do in both Colorado and across the nation.  – Heather Roth, MA, Immunization Branch Chief, Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response

Julissa and Team, Thank you for bringing vaccines to Montclair yesterday! I heard from the principal, the assistant principal and a front office administrator that the clinic went so smoothly! We are so happy to have your service in our community!

Julissa and the Colorado Public Health Equity Team were amazing! The Team set up a vaccine clinic in the cafeteria at our school like a breeze and they made it look so welcoming and professional. Julissa and her Team were so easy to work with and it was so nice to watch them smile as they worked. Our community was so fortunate to have them help students and families get the vaccines they needed!

It is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to support our families and community at Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment, connecting them to the opportunity of choice and becoming vaccinated or updated with this local in building clinic opportunity! – Jeana Russell, Assistant Principle

Letter of Thanks from CU Anschutz School of Medicine (Click to View)

It has been my pleasure to witness Julissa’s work at two very different parishes: my personal parish of St. Michael the Archangel and Curé d’ Ars Parish, a parish I work with as Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver. At each parish, Julissa first dedicated all Sunday educating parishioners about the value of vaccinations and preventative medicine and then arrived the following Sunday with a full team of health professionals to provide masks, test kits and administer vaccinations to youth and seniors alike. Free of cost, all the work is done by Julissa; she provides the promotional flyers in English and in Spanish and arranges all of the scheduling. The only responsibilities of the parish are to allow Julissa the time and the space needed for this service and to advertise the health equity clinic in their bulletins and Flock Notes.

I personally can attest to the immense gratitude that clinic participants have for Julissa and her program. So many parishioners expressed their appreciation for the event, including those who didn’t need to update their vaccinations but were so happy that their family and friends had the opportunity to do so. Even the pastor of Curé d’ Ars used this time to get his annual flu shot. To quote one parishioner, “Julissa is my new favorite She-ro!”

Julissa Soto is a blessing to our Christian community. Understanding that our bodies are temples, she enthusiastically does the Lord’s work in providing necessary services to strengthen the health all of God’s people.

I want to thank Colorado Access for providing Julissa Soto to our city to help us meet our public health challenges in our Hispanic immigrant community. 

The City of Aurora is the most diverse city in the State of Colorado and one of the most diverse cities in the United States where twenty percent of our residents foreign born.  The largest immigrant community in our city is of Mexican descent, the second largest is Ethiopian, the third is Salvadoran and the fourth largest is Korean.  As you can see, the dominant immigrant community in the City of Aurora is the Hispanic immigrant community. In the City of Aurora, the Hispanic immigrant community has unique challenges when it comes to COVID-19 testing and their rates of vaccinations because of their disproportionate numbers of essential workers and some of their cultural attributes that are, unfortunately, resistant to the public health needs of our city. We are fortunate, in the City of Aurora, to have Julissa Soto, a dynamic public health leader who has been helping us in our Hispanic immigrant community.  Julissa has passionately worked tirelessly to inform this community, in culturally sensitive ways, about the need to be tested and to receive vaccines with extraordinary results.  Unlike so many others in our community, who expect the Hispanic immigrant community to come to them, Julissa Soto is setting up events at Hispanic immigrant churches, restaurants, and even night clubs, at the hours where the Hispanic immigrant community is available and not restricted to the convenience of public health officials. For that, as the Mayor of the City of Aurora, I want to say thank you to Colorado Access for giving us Julissa Soto to help us meet the public health needs of this large immigrant community and I sincerely hope, that after this pandemic recedes, that Julissa Soto can continue to work in a public health capacity to serve the needs of underserved communities in the City of Aurora and throughout the State of Colorado. –Mayor Mike Coffman, City of Aurora

 

Allow me to introduce you to Ms. Julissa Soto. She is a great Catholic advocate for the Hispanic Community in the State of Colorado. Among many other achievements, Ms. Soto has created a new event called “Vaccine Sunday.” This event gives Latinos the opportunity to receive the appropriate information on COVID-19 vaccination to form their conscience. Ms. Soto brought Vaccine Sunday to our parish, speaking after our September 5th Spanish language Mass. She talked positively about her Latina roots, at one time undocumented herself, and how her faith led her to a dedication to helping the Hispanic Community. That’s why she devised Vaccine Sunday: taking a few minutes at the end of Mass to help Latinos make an informed judgment on vaccination. Ms. Soto has the testimony and words to speak to Latinos. I believe, God is working through her, and I would like you to give her the chance to bring Vaccine Sunday to your community. – Fr. Terry Kissell, V.F., Pastor

Previously I had been able to attend one of Julissa’s “Vaccine Sunday” clinics. I had been blown away by the level of dedication and openness she had shown when sharing her own story at mass and then reaching out not only to members of the congregation where the clinic was hosted but also congregations at neighboring churches in the area. I shouldn’t be surprised that Julissa could not stop there. She continues to identify the inequities in vaccine access and create new and unique ways to bridge that gap and connect with the community. Now her new approach is “one school, one vaccine at a time.” On Wednesday, I was able to attend the Fulton Equity Carnival at Fulton Academy of Excellence. Julissa has transformed her approach from leveraging the trust in religious leaders to now also leveraging the trust and community within schools. Building off of pre-existing school events, she has been able to vaccinate more and more children to combat the high rates of non-compliance across the state. At Fulton Academy of Excellence, the school had already been planning an end of the school year carnival field with food, fun activities, and a good time with friends. Julissa’s vaccine clinic was an easy addition. It helped meet the needs of families since it allowed parents and guardians to come outside of working hours to a setting that is trusted and convenient for them. Surrounding the clinic, children could be heard running and laughing on the playground. They could be seen chasing after their friends, getting their face painted, or even hula hooping. Many children came running up to the clinic curious to see what was going on. Julissa invited them to go find their parents and bring them over so they could join the other children in receiving their vaccines. When they seemed scared or didn’t like the idea of needles, she quickly joked around with them and made them feel comfortable. If a child was screaming or upset after receiving their vaccine, Julissa swiftly stepped in with some candy and conversation to make them smile and distract them. The whole focus was on making vaccines fun. Seeing Julissa in action demonstrated how receiving a vaccine cannot be such a strictly clinical experience, otherwise it will be harder and harder to improve Colorado’s low immunization rates.At this clinic I asked Julissa which setting she found more challenging to work with- a church or a school. She quickly replied a school. Both settings are crucial at leveraging the pre-existing community trust and also being a central space that families and individuals frequent. However, in a church there is only one person the congregation looks to and needs approval from and that is the priest or pastor. Within a school, there are so many more obstacles to overcome. Like the government, a school is more bureaucratic; there are so many more levels of leadership and chains of command that you must pass through first. It requires making connections with the school nurses, principles, the district superintendent, and everyone in between. While it may be challenging, the effort definitely pays off. So many children and families can be reached that normally would be missed by typical vaccination efforts. Once again, I was able to see first-hand the importance of bringing care and access directly to the community. This clinic also showed the importance of community partnerships. Not only did Julissa work with the school, but she was also able to partner with the Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice (CAHEP) and pharmacy students at Regis University to provide the necessary services and vaccines. Improving vaccination rates is a daunting task for one individual or organization, so it is extremely important to partner with organizations who share a similar goal. Overall, this school vaccine clinic demonstrated the importance of innovation and cultural awareness when working to decrease health inequities. The typical 9-5 health clinic is no longer the way to reach those communities who have been overlooked for too long and partnering with schools is a necessary step in the right direction. – Madelyn Wild, Public Health Associate, Immunize Colorado 

What a wonderful addition to our school carnival! Families were able to take care of their health needs while having a wonderful time playing games, learning about science, and listening to good music. Students got necessary immunizations in a culturally relevant way that was respectful to their needs. We look forward to future opportunities to provide similar services to our families. – Dr. Dawn McWilliams, Principal, Fulton Academy of Excellence