Gloria works in community-based settings to engage underserved and marginalized community members around brain health and creative aging. She works closely with community collaborators to support a dynamic community experience for Atlantic Fellows participating in outreach. She manages Creative Minds, a San Francisco-based community arts for brain health initiative.
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Gloria seeks to protect brain health and promote healthy aging in diverse and vulnerable populations through a blend of creative engagement opportunities, health support groups, and supporting brain health community education led by clinicians of the Community Outreach Program.
Prior to joining GBHI, Gloria worked for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, serving vulnerable adults who needed Medicaid long-term care services. She previously coordinated Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy authorizations for minors with autism on behalf of the Agency for Healthcare Administration.
Gloria is driven to promote equity by improving access to information and creative aging opportunities and mitigating language barriers for Spanish-speaking older adults in San Francisco. She focuses on whole-person wellness to support a dynamic, multidisciplinary community outreach team.
Gloria completed a bachelor's degree in psychology at Florida International University (FIU) with an interest in Art History and Criminal Justice. She also completed master's level coursework in Mental Health Counseling at FIU before pivoting to return to community-based work with older adults, primarily Cuban exiles in Miami. She is currently focusing on creative expression to support brain health and joined GBHI in 2019.