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Consulting & Community Programs

Julissa partners with funders, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, school districts, government agencies and many others to provide evidence-based, innovative consulting services and community programs. She specializes in:

  • Innovative Program Development Focused on Improving Social Determinants of Health for Underserved Populations
  • Bilingual Translation and “Transcreation” Focused on Culturally Relevant Language and Public Health Equity
  • Bilingual Health Outreach and Equity Programs

Community & Churches

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.


En Espanol

Vaccine Blessings by Father Bert.



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. 

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. 

Healthy Living Boot Camp

A total body, heart pounding, aerobic and strength conditioning workout that promotes community building, health education and leadership.


Action for Your Health

An 8-week course that empowers participants to activate their own voice and leadership potential to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. 


Schools & Families

One School, One Vaccine at a Time (Una Escuela, Un Vacuna a la Vez)

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. 


Bilingual Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Julissa is one of the few bilingual Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors. Contact Julissa today to empower your team to identify signs of mental health risks for youth in our communities, and to take action to provide support and care for those in crisis. 

Learn more about this important program here.

Food, Fun & Fitness (Salsa, Sabor y Salud)

An interactive and fun 8-week program designed to assist Latino families with children 12 and under in promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity. This course was developed by the National Latino Children’s Institute.  

Families Forward (Familia Adelante)

A 12 week family-centered, evidence-based course promoting family empowerment, parental stability, celebrating cultural education, teaching positive values and self-esteem, providing coping skills and stress management, and improving a positive sense of self identity. Familia Adelante has been shown to have a positive impact on at-risk middle and high school youth and their families, including success in reducing risky substance use and sexual behaviors.  


Current & Recent Past Works

Ambassador, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

  • Lead and facilitate focus groups to assist in breaking down barriers to Medicaid; 
  • Report on issues and disparities identified by community members and focus group participants; 
  • Make recommendations for solutions as needed 

COVID-19 Task Force Chair, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

  • Lead and facilitate task force meetings;
  • Guide and assist in the process of identifying health disparities and recommendations for solutions; 
  • Provide guidance and assist in the recruitment and selection of health equity ambassadors

Spanish Language Reviewer, National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrant Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility University of Minnesota

  • Review health content and related material translated into Spanish to ensure linguistic accuracy and cultural appropriateness;
  • Provide edits, input and guidance needed

Vaccine Sunday Ambassador, Immunize Colorado

  • Develop and implement evidence-based programming to ensure vaccine equity for Latino and monolingual Spanish speaking communities throughout Colorado;
  • Provide innovative community outreach techniques and events resulting in extremely high rates of vaccination among traditionally vaccine-hesitant communities and populations;
  • Develop and nurture community partnerships to build community trust, accountability and transparency with a wide range of organizations, including churches, barber shops, community centers and more

Bilingual Consultant, Multiple RAE’s Programs

  • Lead efforts to ensure accountability and transparency in planning processes while facilitating stakeholder engagement with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion;
  • Ensure content, communication and services are culturally competent, accessible and easily understood by a wide variety of stakeholders, including Spanish-speaking members and families;
  • Promote person-centered, user-accessibility strategies while focusing on meeting health outcomes and agreed upon performance measures


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)

At NRC-RIM we have very high standards for translated materials, and we know we can count on Julissa to help us ensure what we create is not only accurate, but culturally relevant.


Words cannot adequately describe the spirit-inspired energy of Julissa Soto. Her passion for the work she does promoting health equity for all people is genuine. Julissa’s ability to establish rapport with diverse populations enhances her capacity to connect individuals with the resources and services they need to insure their health and wellbeing.


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