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San Francisco uses new testing and treatment model to fight the pandemic in neighborhood hit hard with COVID-19

We spoke with Dr. Carina Marquez, assistant professor of medicine and associate director of education in the division of HIV, infectious diseases, and global medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, about their test-to-care model, which has been effective in fighting COVID-19 in hard-hit Litinx communities.

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Dr Marquez

Dr. Carina Marquez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Education in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), and the Associate Director for Equity in the UCSF Center for AIDS Research. Her research focuses on elucidating TB transmission dynamics in East Africa and developing interventions to prevent TB and to improve the TB care continuum. She is an ID and HIV specialist and directs the SALUD clinic, a clinic within the Positive Health Practice "Ward 86" at ZSFG, that is dedicated to providing multidisciplinary care to LatinX patients with HIV. She also is the Associate Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at ZSFG.

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Mariana Ramírez, LMSW, is the director of the JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health at the Population Health department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She oversees a growing number of health research projects and academic-community partnerships to eliminate health disparities experienced by Latino communities in Kansas. Ramírez is fluent in Spanish and English and has more than ten years of experience working with medically underserved Latino populations in the US and México. Ramírez is highly involved in the Kansas City community and participates in different health-focused boards and coalitions including the Charitable Committee of the Kansas City Medical Society Foundation, Executive Committee of the Regional Community Health Worker Collaborative, Board of Directors of the Health Partnership Clinic FQHC, and Latino Health for All Coalition. In 2018, Ramírez received the Nuestra Latina Health and Wellness award from the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to improving the health of the Kansas City community. Recently, Ms. Ramírez has joined the Health Equity Taskforce through the Wyandotte County Health Department to address health disparities.


Mang Sonna has been the executive director of Bethel Neighborhood Center since May 2009. Bethel gives him the opportunity to use his native language, other languages he knows, and all his skills and creativity to help the diverse community they serve at the center. He sees himself as the voice for the voiceless to offer hope and help to those who need them the most.

Mang holds an MS degree in Geography from North-Eastern Hill University, India, and a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas. He attended the North American Primary Care Research Group conferences three times and participated in the Pre-Conference meetings of Patients and Clinician Engagements under the sponsorship of Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). He served as the Project Lead of three immigrant community-based research projects funded by PCORI working with Dr. Joseph LeMaster as the Research Consultant. The three research projects were completed successfully. He served as one of the immigrant health advisors in a project led by Mary Lou Jaramillo under the REACH Healthcare Foundation. Mang was invited to the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network held on June 29, 2018 in Kansas City, and he made a presentation with Dr. LeMaster.

Mang serves as a member of the Patient Advisory Board at KU Medical Center. He serves as a community/patient consultant in the research project led by Dr. LeMaster and Cory Lutgren. Mang oversees the programs and services, makes and executes plans, travels to speak at churches and visits donors, advocates, and interprets for refugees.

Jon Jacobo

Jon Jacobo, director of engagement and policy for TODCO Group, a San Francisco affordable housing and advocacy non-profit. In this role, he works on local and state-wide engagement, as well as policy that is enacted at the local and state level.

Mr. Jacobo leads several community-based organizations that focus on empowering marginalized populations. He is the founder and executive director of iVota Ya! California, which works to empower local residents through voter registration, path to naturalization, leadership development and civic education. He is an elected Council Member and serves as Vice President for Calle 24, the Historic Latino Cultural District in San Francisco’s Mission District. He is also the founder and past Co-President of the Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, an organization of 100+ members that helps empower young Latinos through civic engagement.