The CPS Annual Meeting is the yearly meeting of CPS membership. It brings together the most pharmacy professionals (pharmacists, technicians and students) of all the CPS conferences. Each year, the annual meeting boasts continuing education, association updates, a town hall, annual awards ceremony, installation of new officers and meaningful interaction opportunities with industry and associate partners. It also includes well-being, networking, social events, and other special training opportunities. If there is one meeting to attend for all things CPS, this is it!
Consultant, Latino Health CareDiabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
For more than twenty years, Soto has dedicated her career to being a leading advocate for Latino immigrant equality, inclusion and health equity in Colorado and throughout the nation. From working with teen parent programs and serving on the Colorado Vaccine Equity Task Force, to promoting health equity at the American Diabetes Association, Soto has pioneered a wide range of programming designed to empower marginalized communities.
Her advocacy efforts have appeared in publications throughout Colorado, as well as NPR, Time magazine, the American Public Health Association’s Public Health, Religion and Spirituality Bulletin, and a new documentary from the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. And her success in leading and managing evidence-based prevention programs serving new immigrants has been recognized at both the state and national levels:
Her work and achievements continue to inspire other immigrant hopefuls and newcomers in Colorado and across the globe. A Channel 22 documentary chronicling her journey navigating systems in the United States and becoming successful in a new country, Mexicanos Exitosos, aired in both Mexico and Spain. In 2021, Soto’s innovative programming and community-based intervention strategies earned one of Colorado’s most prestigious honors when Colorado Governor Jared Polis proclaimed September 20, 2021 as “Julissa Soto Day”. Since then, Julissa’s efforts have led to the vaccination of more than 18,000 Latino adults, youth and children, as well as the distribution of more than 90,000 COVID-19 tests and 40,000 masks.
Today, Soto is proud to continue to provide consulting and education services to partners and agencies throughout Colorado and the United States as CEO and founder of Julissa Soto Latino Health Equity Consulting. She serves on the Health Equity Commission for the Colorado Department of Public Health and is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Co-Chair of the Regional Accountable Entity (RAE) Program Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), which provides guidance on health equity and outcomes. She also serves on the Suicide Prevention Commission for Colorado representing the voices of suicide attempt survivors - and particularly those facing multiple disparities.
At the national level, Soto currently serves on the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) steering committee. She also serves as a Cultural Advisory Board member for Vaccinate Your Family, a national nonprofit organization that strives to protect people of all ages from vaccine-preventable diseases. In this role, she shares her extensive health equity expertise to aid in the development of outreach plans to increase pediatric COVID vaccine uptake in marginalized communities. In addition, Soto is an active member of the National Hispanic Medical Association and serves on the KIPP Colorado Public Schools Board of Directors. In 2022, she also became a member of the Legislative Leadership Network for the Colorado Catholic Conference, where she combines her faith and health equity advocacy. In her spare time, Julissa is proud to partner with Young Invincibles as a mentor empowering young adults to enhance their voices, impact and economic opportunities.
Co-Chair, CPS 2023 Annual Meeting
Clinical Pharmacist – West & CCT Associates in Family Medicine | A Member of Village Medical
Co-Chair, CPS 2023 Annual Meeting
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy | University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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