Dr. Evelinn Borrayo, director of the Colorado School of Public Health’s Latino Research and Policy Center and professor of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, has been appointed to the State Board of Health by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
[Photo: Dr. Evelinn Borrayo]
Dr. Borrayo will represent District 2 for a three-year term. Of the state board’s nine voting members, she is the only academic.
The State Board of Health performs such duties as promulgating public health rulings, approving grant funding, appointing members to department committees, and advising the executive director.
Of the appointment, Dr. Borrayo believes it to be the most meaningful public service she could perform. It will allow her a wide-reaching consideration of health issues facing Coloradans, as well as the ability to exercise a vote in improving citizen health.
In addition to her appointments within ColoradoSPH, Dr. Borrayo is also a professor of counseling psychology and director of counseling training in CSU’s College of Natural Sciences and its department of Psychology.
Dr. Borrayo’s voice will help represent three unique perspectives: that of a higher education academic; a mental health trained professional; and an ethnic minority woman of Latino descent.
Speaking to her training and skills, she articulated that her experience with mental health needs will be useful for the people of Colorado. And, through her affiliation with the Colorado School of Public Health, she’s in a healthy position to skillfully contribute knowledge to large-scale public health problems.
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