Rhodora Ursua, MPH, joined APPEAL in 2014 as the Director of Programs. She brings over 13 years of experience in managing initiatives to reduce health disparities impacting underserved communities. She previously worked and volunteered at community-based organizations and an academic institution, including the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, Kalusugan Coalition, Inc., Health Initiatives for Youth, Asian American Recovery Services, Inc., and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. Rhodora has co-authored several publications on cardiovascular health among Filipino immigrants, coalition development, and the community health worker model. She also received various community leadership awards for her public health efforts in NYC, including community-based research studies she led, and her policy advocacy and community development efforts. She received a Master of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and is glad to have returned home to the Bay Area.