Sinsi Hernández-Cancio is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization's ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation. She is continuing the group's work to help build a thriving and vocal health equity movement that will protect the gains of the health care law while ensuring maximum equity in its implementation.
Ms. Hernández-Cancio has worked in the field of health policy for more than a decade and has a longstanding commitment to advancing social justice and fighting for the rights of people of color, especially vulnerable women and children. She started her professional career as a women's human and civil rights lawyer with a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship at the Women's Rights Project of Human Rights Watch. She continued to work on reproductive rights and women’s health, as well as gender-based discrimination and violence, in both the domestic and international arenas for several years. She first became deeply engaged in health care justice and the elimination of health disparities when she served as Health and Human Services advisor for two Puerto Rico Governors at their District of Columbia offices. She later worked on health policy for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she continued to focus on health care issues in Puerto Rico, in addition to long-term care, health equity, and health reform. During the effort to pass the Affordable Care Act, she was the National Campaign Coordinator for SEIU's Healthcare Equality Project, where she worked with many coalition partners to ensure that health equity was part of the national debate and that health disparities were addressed. She has appeared on Univision, CNN Español, and Telemundo, and she has been widely quoted in both print and radio.
Ms. Hernández-Cancio earned an A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Hays Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Fellow and earned a Vanderbilt medal.
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