In alphabetical order by first name
Anel was born and grew up in Mexico. Before working at Grameen PrimaCare as a Promotora de Salud, she worked as a Promotora de Salud for Planned Parenthood of New York City and Violence Intervention Program (VIP). She loves working with the immigrant community and providing them with the resources that they need. Anel is very happy to continue working with her community.
Bineta was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa. She came to the USA when she was 16 years old. Bineta has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hunter College (CUNY), and she is very passionate about women’s health and rights. She has worked with women to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, and is a certified birth and postpartum doula. Bineta is very active in the African immigrant communities and has tutored English to French-speaking immigrant children so they can go to college. She is also a member of African Community Together (ACT). Bineta’s goal is to eventually go back to college to get her Masters Degree in Mental Health.
Carolina was born and raised in Colombia. She has a Bachelors in International Relations from Universidad del Rosario, Bogota-Colombia. In Colombia, she was a part of a non-profit organization that helped people who disappeared and those who were kidnapped and exploited.
Grameen VidaSana Primary Care Physician
Dr. Diana leads the day-to-day operations of our newly launched primary care practice in Queens. Originally from Colombia, Dr. Diana completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and has worked as a family physician and HIV specialist in the Bronx for the past 10 years. Prior to this, she ran group programs for Hispanic women. She is passionate about building long-term relationships with our patients and their communities, and has a strong interest in preventive medicine and using an integrative approach to treat chronic conditions.
Grameen VidaSana Operations Assistant
Greg joins GPC after previously working for two very successful non-profit start ups: Harvard Eating Disorders Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and helping to launch Grameen PrimaCare in 2013. He has also worked at The Foundation for Dance Promotion/Bill T. Jones Dance Company and the NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a graduate of Rollins College. Having been to 104 countries, Greg is an avid traveler and has also studied abroad in Australia.
Grameen VidaSana Health Coach
Haydee is a fervid advocate for rights, health, and the well-being of Latino community members. Haydee has worked at non-profit organizations as a financial counselor, delivered financial literacy services, and developed and implemented financial inclusion programs for low-income families, always looking for new ways and models to empower communities. Being a Health Coach is a great opportunity to continue with her community advocacy. Haydee holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
Ivonne was born and raised in Honduras. She is very proud to belong to the Garifuna culture. Before joining Grameen Promotoras, Ivonne was a member of Grameen America in the Bronx. Back in her country she lead her own non-profit organization because she loves working for the benefit of her community. Ivonne is very excited to work for her community by sharing health information and connecting them to resources around the Bronx neighborhood.
Director of Programs
As Director of Programs, Judith assists with the development of educational programming and research activities with a focus on women’s health/maternal health. Judith graduated from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health, completing her thesis on maternal health. She has worked on research projects/initiatives such as Get Healthy Harlem and Project SHARE, both of which are a part of The Harlem Health Promotion Center. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Luz is our first Promotora working in the South Bronx to support and promote healthy living in the community. Before joining the Promotoras program, Luz was one of the first Health Coaches at Grameen VidaSana, where she provided one-on-one counseling, healthy cooking demonstrations, and mediation sessions. Born in the Dominican Republic, Luz immigrated to the US in 2005 and became a Certified Community Health Worker at LaGuardia Community College in 2013. Luz is proud to serve a community of women that overcome financial hardships, health problems, and personal challenges every day in order to lead healthier lives. In her spare time, Luz enjoys nature, meditating, and spending time with her family.
Grameen VidaSana Health Coach
Marcela is a Grameen VidaSana Health Coach. She provides clients with a rich and extensive background in healthcare that resonates about a decade of professional work as both a nurse and administrator. Originally from Cali, Colombia, she brings joy and passion to both her clients and co-workers. Marcela holds a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters in Public Administration. She previously worked at NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers as a Patient Navigator for the DOH’s HIV grant providing the community with social support and resources at free/low-cost services. When Marcela is not in the office you can catch her at museums looking at the latest pieces of contemporary art or enjoying a stroll through one of the many parks hidden in the city.
Grameen VidaSana Clinical Team Manager
Meritxell oversees our Promotoras Program, which provides resources for healthy living to women participating in Grameen America’s micro-loan program in the Bronx. In addition, she also builds and maintains relationships with social service agencies, medical institutions and other community-based organizations in that neighborhood. Prior to coming to Grameen PrimaCare, Meritxell served as Research Project Director at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has spent over fifteen years in academia managing research programs, conducting qualitative research and teaching. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. In Communication and Humanities from Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain).