2020 Healthy Communities Fellow Genoveva Islas is the Founder & CEO of Cultiva La Salud. Genoveva is a public health advocate fighting to advance heath equity in California’s San Joaquin Valley where too many families have suffered the loss of loved ones from preventable causes. Genoveva is a recognized Culture of Health Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Stories of the COVID Crisis, Genoveva shares a short narrative on how systems are so interconnected and broken. This broken system is really exposed with COVID-19 in the immigration system. Immigrants are the fabric of the country and Genoveva states, “ The truth is that no human being is illegal — we are all valuable and worthy of investment.”