Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) and Mi Vida Mi Voz (MVMV) will bring together a panel of community leaders for Navigating Our New Reality, A Conversation in Spanish Translated to English Virtual Event on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. This virtual event will discuss the fears, anxiety, and questions as we contemplate a return to society after the pandemic.
The virtual event will serve as a Spanish community town hall forum where everyone is invited to “attend” (particularly those in SB county). A panel of local Latino leaders will discuss the anxiety and uncertainty that we are all feeling, particularly how this manifests within the Latino community, as we “re-enter” society including work, school, travel, social/entertainment events, community gatherings and all other forms of in-person living.
During this event, local leaders will answer questions from the audience related to this transition. What does our new normal look like? What will be expected of us? What cherished aspects of life over the past year can we bring with us? Many of us are already experiencing significant stress related to these issues. Our panelists, reflecting a variety of backgrounds, will share meaningful perspectives and tips to help us navigate this tricky terrain.
The event is FREE but registration is required. To register and learn more, please visit:
The event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English provided.
Liliana Encinas, Fire Department Public Education Coordinator
Liliana is the Public Education Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City Fire Department and the LISTOS National Program Director where she works both for and with the Latino community in Santa Barbara County. She provides outreach, social work, program development and promotes overall wellness. Liliana served as the Director of Family Resources at Casa de La Raza, Cesar E. Chavez Center and as an independent contractor in Public Education for the County of Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management. She is a state certified Spanish/English interpreter and translator, a certified State Master Trainer for CERT and the Spanish language lead for the State CERT Programming. She was also the immediate past Chair of the Public Education Committee Chair for the Aware & Prepare Initiative, a public-private partnership dedicated to strengthening community disaster resiliency within the County of Santa Barbara, now expanding throughout the State of California.
Jose Fierros, Program Director, Radio Bronco, Moderator
Jose Fierros has nearly 30 years of experience in the radio industry. He is currently the program director for KIST-FM& KSPE-FM and four other Spanish radio stations owned by the company. Jose can be heard on KSPE-FM during the midday shift and on KIST-FM during evenings in the Santa Barbara market. His passion for radio and his contribution to the Santa Barbara community has earned Jose several awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Mariachi Festival, the Central Coast Soccer League, Old Spanish Days, Listos, Red Cross and most recently he was selected to receive the Partnership Award for the Heroes of Hospice of Santa Barbara. Jose has been involved in numerous events and projects to help the Hispanic community in Santa Barbara through his radio shows, in live events and in different committees since 1992. Without doubt, radio and community are Jose’s passion.
Ali Ramirez Cortes, AMFT, Founder, Bienestar Latinx
Ali founded Bienestar Latinx, a community platform that transforms and dismantles generational trauma in order to heal future generations of Latinx folks through authentic leadership development and cultural healing. The platform highlights the strengths and diversity of the Latino community while providing access to resources and the people who can directly help those in need. Her services include case management, crisis interventions, advocacy, trauma-informed curriculum development, program management, coaching, mentorship, mediations, workshops, empowerment groups, and trauma-focused therapy to at-promise adolescents and families. She has focused her efforts to empower others by bringing out their strengths and creating positive paradigm shifts with the support of community agencies. Ali also holds a place in the South Coast Youth Safety City Partnership Alliance by being a co-chair for the Community Engagement Team. She has been part of the Santa Barbara Response Team for 5 years.
Silvia Uribe, Owner of TransilPro
Silvia was born and raised in Mexico City, where she studied Philosophy and Spanish Literature. Silvia always loved languages and not surprisingly, she also became a certified interpreter and translator. In 1995 she opened her translation and interpreting business, TransilPro Linguistic Services, working with many local companies, government, and community organizations. Silvia has also been active in the political and the human services arenas working with many local non-profits, with the Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission and presently with the Goleta Public Engagement Commission. She also worked for 15 years with victims of crime, at the District Attorney’s Office. For her work in the community, Silvia recently received an award as the Congressional Woman of the Year 2021.
Adriana Marroquin, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Host
Adriana oversees Hospice of Santa Barbara’s initiatives including Compassionate Care of Carpinteria, the SBNC Partnership, and Mi Vida, Mi Voz where she thrives in cultivating relationships and advocating for an enhanced delivery of services for all members of our community. Over the last ten years, she has worked in various non-profits and continues to be fueled by her passion for social change.
Hospice of Santa Barbara
Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on fifteen local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.
Mi Vida, Mi Voz
MVMV is a local community collaboration of organizations, sponsored by Hospice of Santa Barbara, focused on improving the quality of life of the Latino community by addressing social determinants of health and engaging in proactive end-of-life planning. The MVMV steering committee is made up of the following organizations Carpinteria Children’s Project, Casa De La Raza, City of SB Fire Department, Cottage Health, Family Service Agency, Housing Authority of Santa Barbara, Isla Vista Youth Projects, LISTOS, McDermott-Crockett Mortuary, Promotores De Salud Network, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and Santa Barbara Unified School District.