Manvel, Texas

CEO/Founder, Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc.

Representing: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates
Term Ends July 2025

Ms. Venus Ginés, MA, CHW-I, is a 29-year breast cancer survivor, who suffered a recurrence in 2017 after 25 years of survivorship. In 2018, Venus retired as a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, teaching cultural competence and health literacy, as well as conducting research on Latino medical mistrust, to devote her time to her Latino/a advocacy work.

From her personal experience with cancer and her sister’s untimely death to cervical cancer, Venus founded Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc. in 1997 as a national nonprofit organization, celebrating its signature health fiesta in 40 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, and providing the medically underserved Latina community with culturally and linguistically proficient health education, early detection screening for chronic diseases, culturally tailored preventive programs for Latino teens, and patient-centered navigation. Venus is a State Certified Instructor of Promotores/Community Health Workers (PCHWs).

Venus developed bilingual training programs on women’s cancers, diabetes, obesity, patient-centered care, and mental health. She launched the Telehealth Community Navigation Contact Center, staffed by bilingual Promotores/CHWs, which answers hundreds of calls, debunking misinformation and promoting health equity by incorporating the bilingual Telehealth Nurse Navigator to provide warm transfer calls to their medical team at no cost.

    Conflicts of Interest

    As of March 15, 2022:

    • Bristol Myers Squibb, Grant Recipient (Organization)
    • Pfizer, Grant Recipient (Organization)

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