Yehemy Zavala Orozco
Yehemy Soledad Zavala Orozco has worked for Comunidades Unidas (CU) since 2011, they studied Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), they have an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Salt Lake Community College. Yehemy has focused their work on reducing ethnic and immigrant health disparities related to nutrition, mental health, reproductive justice, access to clinical care, immigrant rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and women empowerment.
In 2016 they became the Promotora Coordinator at Comunidades Unidas, since then, they have been in charge of the Comprando Rico y Sano program from Unidos US. With their organizing skills, they organized leaders at Comunidades Unidas and created the first leadership training targeting promotoras comunitarias in Spanish; until today, this curriculum is the only one in the state of Utah creating
capacity building for more than 50 immigrants in the United States. Because of their abilities, in collaboration with 4 Community Health Workers and Utah Department of Health, they develop the Community Health Workers (CHW) curriculum to standardize the CHW practices through the state. They were one of the first co-chairs for the Community Health Workers Section through Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) and now serves as an advisor for the section. They are one of the few Latinx National Trainers for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in the United States since 2015.Yehemy’s mission is to empower immigrants in Utah to live healthy lives and believe in promoting equitable health outcomes for all members of society. Their unique qualifications as a member of the immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities and their outstanding personal drive have enabled them to reach historically underserved populations and in particular the Latinx community. Yehemy now proudly works as CU's Programs Director.