The Power of Cultural Validation
This signature training from Julissa Soto Latino Health Equity Consulting introduces the importance of utilizing Cultural Validation in preparation for interacting with vulnerable and marginalized populations and communities, particularly in health and public health settings. Learners will be able to understand the importance and effectiveness of Cultural Validation, how Cultural Validation increases desired health and public health outcomes (i.e. numbers of vaccines delivered, clients served, etc.), and receive step by step instructions for implementing effective Cultural Validation processes in their own health and public health equity activities.
The Power of Cultural Validation Presentations
The Power of Cultural Validation in Action – Meeting the Community Where They Are
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.
Keynote Speeches, Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Keynote Addresses and Speaking Engagements
Julissa provides a wide range of speaking engagements and presentations on a variety of topics ranging from health equity to the experiences of immigrants and refugees. To request a speaking engagement or presentation, please contact Julissa here.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, Clinical Vaccinology Course (CVC)
National Vaccine Law Conference, George Washington University
National Hispanic Medical Association Atrial Fibrillation Series
Health Institute – College of Health & Human Sciences
Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles Fall Vaccine Forum in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
Alabama Coordinated Health Network, November 2023
Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2023
Brown School of Public Health, November 2023
CU Anschutz School of Medicine
Children’s Hospital and Denver Health
April 19, 2023 – Co-Presenter, Centering Equity in Health Communication Design and Delivery, Colorado College
Thank you for your fabulous webinar yesterday!! We really appreciate your perspective and strategies for working more effectively with various cultures! I know that our listeners appreciated you also! – Lori and IIC staff
Julissa- one quote that stood that stood out to me [from your presentation] was “You can be part of the change. Start your movement for what you care about and keep your passion”. I think that also resonated with students! – J.W. UC Aschutz Medical Campus
Cultural Validation should be part of the “canasta basica” of trainings for all health professionals. We all know that the health care system in the U.S. has a lot of room for improvement and navigating it is not an easy task even [if] you speak the language, even if you’re documented and even if you’re educated. We must all do our part to bring down those barriers and help increase health care access for all…Is great to see an empowered Latina like you, doing amazing things for our communities. – A.
Once again Julissa provided a thoughtful, engaging presentation which captured and held the audience’s attention. Clearly, she is passionate about her work and this subject. She is able to convey her enthusiasm to the audience while providing concrete suggestions for delivering culturally sensitive, effective healthcare. – Ann Froese-Fretz, MS, RN, CNS, CPNP-PC, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | College of Nursing
Julissa speaks the truth about how her community views researchers and researchers. It is what we need to hear AND she has the lived experience to help us do better. I thank you for sharing, listening, connecting, teaching, and acting. You create a challenging, yet safe, space for those who really want to do the work. – L.Wright
First off thank you so much for your time. As soon as I walked into the conference room, I felt a positive energy. You are an inspiring individual that genuinely looks to advocate for Health Equity. It is remarkable to see you fighting so hard and energetically for the Latino(a)(x) community and all communities for that matter. I back the work you do and appreciate what you do for people that look like me and my family. I know there is so much more work to do, and your energy has reinvigorated me to continue to work hard for our vulnerable populations. – America Elias, MSc, Senior Professional Research Assistant, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Your determination, fearlessness, advocacy, authenticity, and passion for undeserved communities is beyond admirable. Your story, your work, and your strong will for change challenge me to become more intentional with my own desires and hopes for my future in public health. Thank you for widening my lens, and providing real life perspective to the areas in public health that need to be approached authentically and genuinely. – AW, Research Specialist
Julissa Soto’s presentation was even better than I expected after visiting at dinner the evening before. She does not care about making people uncomfortable, but in a manner that promotes growth, learning, and understanding. Pushing boundaries and giving us the full spectrum of where she came from, Julissa makes it very clear her passion and her mission: To educate and continue to help all families and children any way possible, especially in terms of receiving proper vaccinations! A very powerful, thought-provoking speech that created what seemed like a mixed array of emotions: Laughter, tearing up, seriousness, somber and understanding. Overall, the message was clear and was well-received, and I appreciate Ms. Soto for taking the time to speak at our Immunization Conference in Kansas! – Jacob Teats, Statewide Education Coordinator, KU Medical Center’s Area Health Education Center
I just wanted to follow up with you today and let you know how much I enjoyed your presentation at the AIM Beaches Region Vaccine Access Meeting in New Orleans. During your presentation, I realized that the approach that we were using in Alabama to reach the Hispanic community was not nearly as strong as it should be – even though we had the best of intentions. I have gained a better understanding of how I need to approach the Hispanic community by using trusted individuals within the community to reach our public health goals (not just vaccination efforts). We will be reaching out to more of these trusted groups/individuals in the near future to have an idea of how we can work better with the Hispanic community in Alabama. Thank you so much for the helpful insight. – Denise Strickland, Immunization Division Director, Alabama Department of Public Health
What most impacted me about your presentation: There is not an access issue. When providers create the access, they will come.
It was inspiring to learn about Julissa’s approach to working with the Latino community in Colorado and the community’s receptiveness to welcome innovative opportunities to increase COVID19 vaccinations in her region. -Roxana Garcia-Ochoa, Health Education Council, Sacramento, CA