Chula Vista Community Collaborative – Staff Member
San Diego County Promotores Coalition – Board Member
National Steering Committee Promotores de Salud – Member
Margarita Holguin, MPA, has acquired extensive experience working as a client/patient advocate in her role as the Executive Director for the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. She has managed several research projects and has been the community advisory committee representative for projects with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Holguin has significant experience in community-based participatory research and ensuring that research involves the community and addresses patient/client needs. She has overseen community-based programs for almost 20 years. In her role supervising five family resource centers, she is tasked with understanding the needs of the community and developing programs and services that meet the identified needs of clients. With her passion for social justice and health equity, Holguin would like to bring the voice of the community to the Ambassador program. As an immigrant to this country who has faced challenges and health disparities, she values the authentic perspectives of the community. Holguin is motivated to join the Ambassador program because she has seen the types of projects PCORI is involved in and sees an attempt to have a true balance between academics and community perspective, and she respects that vision. Holguin appreciates PCORI’s efforts to truly hear what is needed from the voice of the community and she wants to be part of amplifying this voice. Her experience includes over 20 years of experience in community programs. She has a Master of Public Administration and a true passion for community. Holguin is the founder and current co-chair of the San Diego County Promotores Coalition, which aims to connect vulnerable communities to services through the promotora model.
Involvement with PCORI
Engagement Award: National Partnership for Training Community Health Workers – Community Liaison