Texas Health Action appoints new chief medical officer

AUSTIN, TX, June 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Health Action (THA), a community-informed nonprofit organization specializing in serving LGBTQIA+ people and people affected by HIV, recently appointed Dr. Sandra Guerra as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). In this role, Guerra is responsible for clinical leadership, quality processes, and medical education efforts that advance THA’s mission to provide access to culturally affirming quality health services in a safe and supportive environment. She took on her new role on June 6, 2022replacing Dr. Cynthia Brison.

“We are extremely grateful for the legacy Dr. Brinson left as a founding member of our organization, and we look forward to the many contributions that Dr. Guerra will make,” Christopher Hamilton, chief executive of THA, said. “Dr. Guerra’s extensive background in public health and her experience working with diverse patient populations make her ideally suited to lead Texas Health Action’s growing clinical programs.”

In her new role, Guerra oversees HAT programs, including Kind Clinic, which provides sexual health services in Austin, San Antonio and dallas; and TeleKind, which provides Texas residents have access to the HIV prevention drug known as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) through virtual appointments, as well as home testing and HIV care.

“I’ve seen Texas Health Action go from from Austin first PrEP clinic to a thriving nonprofit organization that provides access to PrEP to all Texans, across a range of healthcare services,” Brinson said. Guerra’s 20-plus year career in people-centered healthcare and her leadership experience in large, multi-disciplinary organizations make her the ideal choice to help drive this growth.”

Prior to joining THA, Guerra was CMO of Centene Corporation WellCare of Kentucky and the acting deputy director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Previously, she served as vice president and chief marketing officer of Humana Military, which provides military health care through the Department of Defense’s TRICARE East program. From 2005 to 2012, Guerra served as Regional Medical Director and Preventive Medicine Residency Program Director for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She also served on the board of directors of Regents for the American College of Preventive Medicinethe American Board of Preventive Medicine PAFT Review Committee and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation Board of Trustees, among others.

“At this point in my career, I am thrilled to be working with Texas Health Action toward solutions for such a deserving population,” Guerra said. “I am honored to join an organization focused on prevention and health equity.”

Guerra earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Texas at Austinmedical doctor of Texas A&M University Health Sciences Centerand a Masters in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston School of Public Health.

About Texas Health Action

Texas Health Action (THA) is a community-informed organization dedicated to providing access to culturally affirming quality health services in a safe and supportive environment with expertise serving LGBTQIA+ people and people affected by HIV . Since 2015, Texas Health Action has provided health services without stigma or judgment and empowered the community through outreach and education. Texas Health Action operates Kind Clinic, which provides sexual health services through locations across Central Texas; TeleKind, which provides sexual health services through virtual visits and home testing; and Waterloo Counseling Center, which provides behavioral health services in Austin. Texas Health Action is led by CEO Christopher Hamilton. For more information about Texas Health Action and its programs, please visitwww.TexasHealthAction.org.

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