Zipatly V. Mendoza
Zipatly V. Mendoza is a results-driven public health professional with over 15 years of program management experience and a demonstrated ability in administering public health and health policy initiatives at the local, state, regional, and territorial levels. She has extensive experience in management, policy analysis, strategic planning, community outreach, and partnership development.
Prior to joining HMA, Zipatly served as the director of Latino leadership and engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In this role, she was responsible for the development and management of comprehensive and effective Latino strategies as a core organizational priority. She managed national partnerships and provided technical assistance to Planned Parenthood affiliates to advance policies, communicate strategies, and apply a health equity lens to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in the Latino community.
As a senior program officer with the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Inc. (CDC Foundation), Zipatly was responsible for management of the Zika Contraception Access Network, an innovative reproductive health project in Puerto Rico created in response to the Zika public health emergency. She served as the project team lead and managed private-public partnerships including pharmaceutical companies, donors, non-profits, and federal and territorial governments. She provided technical assistance on sustainability and replication for a territorial led contraception access program. Additionally, Zipatly supported Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. She also supported initial COVID-19 response strategies to ensure health communication messages were culturally and linguistically appropriate for communities of color.
Zipatly previously served as director of the Health Assessment and Promotion department at DeKalb County Board of Health (DCBOH) in Georgia. In this role, she developed and implemented population health strategies utilizing community-centered approaches to prevent chronic and infectious diseases, childhood injuries, and youth violence. She monitored and assessed the status of health in DeKalb County and managed the offices of Chronic Disease Prevention, Epidemiology & Statistics, Health Promotion and Prevention, and Grants & Research Development.
Prior to joining DCBOH, Zipatly was office chief for the Arizona Health Disparities Center (AHDC) where she served as the state minority health director. She developed and coordinated the statewide health equity agenda and implemented innovative strategies to decrease health disparities and address SDOH through Arizona’s Health in All policy initiative. Under her direction, the AHDC published its first Arizona Health Equity Strategic Plan and the first Health Disparities Scorecard and received several community recognitions. Zipatly was successful in increasing the AHDC’s recognition among state, regional, and federal health equity initiatives including serving on the DHHS Region IX Health Equity Council.
Zipatly has served on various boards and community advisory committees. She recently served as a business advisor on the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators’ Business Board of Advisors and on the National Women’s Health Network’s board of directors.
Zipatly earned a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences with an emphasis in community health education from the University of Arizona. She is also the 2011 recipient of Arizona’s Chicanos Por La Causa’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award.