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Trinidad Tellez, MD
Principal, [Health] Equity Strategies, LLC

Trinidad Tellez, MD

Dr. Trinidad Tellez is a family physician, community-based health disparities researcher, educator, and public health / health policy professional with over 20 years experience operationalizing equity, diversity and inclusion, and organizational cultural effectiveness to address health disparities, improve access and quality, and advance health and equity for all. Dr. Tellez has worked in both the private and public sectors at the local, state, and regional levels in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, where she led the Office of Health Equity for over 10 years and was responsible for operationalizing federal civil rights law compliance with requirements for Language and Communication Access and CLAS Standards across the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and its contractors. She is equally comfortable co-designing projects engaging vulnerable, historically marginalized populations as she develops strategic systems-level approaches and resources that advance equity.

Dr. Tellez champions authentic community engagement, collaborative partnership building, and equitable participatory processes as important mechanisms for facilitating and leading community-driven approaches to co-creating equity. As a community-embedded researcher and primary care provider at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA, she helped lead the Mayor’s Health Task Force Research Initiative Working Group’s efforts to promote equitable Community-Based Participatory Research partnerships to ensure that all research conducted in Lawrence is truly collaborative, and of benefit to the community. In co-authoring Creating Community-Based Participatory Research in a Diverse Community: A Case Study, Dr. Tellez contributed to a framework for creating positive productive partnerships in community-based work.

Originally from California, Dr. Tellez received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School; trained at the UCSF-affiliated Natividad Family Medicine Residency in Salinas, California; and then completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California Los Angeles in 2002. She holds a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, teaches quality improvement and advises independent longitudinal elective students as an Adjunct Instructor for the MPH Programs at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and serves as Principal of [Health] Equity Strategies, LLC.