Álvaro Garza, MD, MPH
April 4, 2018 1 Comment Board Bios LPOC Organization

ag facepic2k2Dr. Álvaro Garza is a retired Public Health Officer.  He is a public health physician with local, state, national, and international practice and research experience.  His local service was with San Joaquin, San Benito, Stanislaus, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties. State service was with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  National service was with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and international service with the Pan American Health Organization of the World Health Organization.

He serves on the statewide advisory committee for the California Office of Binational Border Health of the CDPH.  His education includes a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) School of Medicine, pediatrics residency training at the UC San Diego, School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in public health from the San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health.  He is board certified in pediatrics, did medical epidemiology training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the CDC, and is an adjunct faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Having immigrated from Mexico at age eight years, Dr. Garza is bilingual, bicultural and binational, and occasionally writes bilingual poetry.

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    Regina Penna

    Regina Penna

    Dear Dr. Garza,

    My agency, UpValley Family Centers is located in the up valley area of Napa County(Calistoga and St. Helena) and are a family resource agency with a Promotoras program doing outreach with our large Hispanic/Latino community. We have received an opioid prevention grant and are trying to obtain opioid/opiate training for our Promotoras. I am struggling to find it and am hoping you might be able to help connect me to some resources. We are looking for either a trainer who speaks Spanish or a Spanish language curriculum that we can implement. We have found that using a translator is not nearly as effective as having someone who is able to teach in Spanish, as the conversations are much richer and rewarding. I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide, truly.

    Regina Penna

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