Director, Healthy Communities – South Region


The importance of empowering women and youth in creating healthy communities; the public health effects of exclusionary immigration policies; the health effects of gentrification and displacement; the relationship between income inequality and health.


Dr. Beatriz Maria Solís is leading efforts by the Building Healthy Communities initiative to ensure that California’s health policy is inclusive of residents regardless of race, gender and immigration status. Her work is guided by the principle that a system that excludes anyone, hurts everyone.


As the director of Healthy Communities, South Region, Solís is working to transform health outcomes in underserved communities by emboldening residents to take control of policies that affect them. Recognizing that health disparities are created when communities are absent from the decision-making table, Solís has focused her career on energizing youth, immigrants and women.


Her recent work with Building Healthy Communities has been focused on making healthcare accessible and inclusive. Solis spearheaded the Endowment’s 21st Century Pathways to Health Careers initiative, to expose underserved students to careers in healthcare. Solís also co-leads the Endowment’s #Health4All campaign to expand access to health coverage and care to all Californians—regardless of immigration status. Her work has helped undocumented children throughout the state gain access to the care they need.


Solís has authored numerous articles, books, technical reports and policy briefs and is a lecturer/trainer to health care providers on topics including racial and ethnic health disparities, and culturally and linguistically responsive health care.


Solís received her master’s and doctorate in Public Health from UCLA’s School of Public Health.