Carlos D. Mena
Los Angeles, CA
Carlos D. Mena is passionate about increasing access to healthcare and social services for the underserved by addressing equity, social determinants of health, and health risks and disparities.
Prior to joining HMA, Carlos was a program coordinator at APLA Health (formerly known as AIDS Project Los Angeles), a federally qualified health center (FQHC). In this role, he implemented unconventional methods of outreach to create trusting relationships among communities of color. He forged relationships with different health departments and resource centers to establish referral pathways for community members to access healthcare. As a senior prevention training specialist, Carlos oversaw outreach activities conducted by the prevention training specialists to ensure that contractual goals and objectives were met, including increasing community and individual awareness about the availability of sexual health services at APLA Health facilities. He also assisted in the development and implementation of a community mobilization plan targeting outreach venues, including evaluation of those efforts to address gaps and maximize opportunities.
As a program coordinator for a El Saludable (Healthy Man), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program dedicated to the LatinX community, Carlos worked to improve the health outcomes for Black, Indigenous, Latin, and People of Color (BILPOC) communities. He is skilled in program management, community engagement, facilitation, and strategic planning and has expertise in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention and harm reduction.
Carlos earned a Bachelor of Science in health care administration from California State University – Long Beach. He identifies as a person of color and is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.