TWIN 2012 Honoree Spotlight

23 Aug

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit www.ywcaofasheville.org.

Dr. Elizabeth Castillo

Elizabeth is a practicing physician and medical anthropologist, specializing in geriatric medicine. Her passion, however, is pursuing and achieving health equity by dismantling structural and unintentional racism in our health care system. Elizabeth’s work – be it clinical, educational, or research – always focuses on bringing anthropological insights to medicine to improve care for all. This work has led up to the receipt of nearly $300,000 in grant funds from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to help health and human service organizations in North Carolina break down practices that lead to discrimination.

She and her team have created an innovative program that confronts and combats health care disparities, launching institutional and regional networks of Health Equity Continuing Quality Improvement (HE-CQI) Teams.   These HE-CQI Teams are designed to identify and intervene upon processes contributing to structural and unintentional racism. Elizabeth says her goal is to help people “see things sideways” in order to move toward health equality. Her advanced work and research in cultural competency is revolutionary, especially for Western North Carolina.

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