Yolanda Partida brings 25 years of experience in public and private health administration as national program director for Hablamos Juntos, an initiative that examines language barriers to health care for Latinos. She has worked with and on behalf of many different groups of underserved populations, including the uninsured, the U.S.-Mexico border population, and other ethnic communities. Partida has served as deputy director of community health for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, assistant director of ambulatory care for the Fresno County Health Services Agency, and senior manager with The Lewin Group, a private policy, research and management consulting firm. She also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Communication for Behavior Change in the 21st century, which published \”Speaking of Health: Assessing Health Communication Strategies for Diverse Population.\” Partida is founder and executive director of The Partida Group, a health policy, research and management consulting firm specializing in diverse populations. Currently, she is working on two expert panels convened by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to learn how hospitals are addressing cultural and linguistic issues that impact the quality and safety of patient care. Partida holds a doctorate in public administration.