Health Initiative of the Americas

Health Initiative of the Americas

The Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) a program of the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health (UCB-SPH) was established in 2001. HIA draws upon the multidisciplinary scholarship and the moral calling of UC Berkeley faculty and students to produce new knowledge through action-oriented research; teaching and mentoring; and service and community engagement programs benefitting the migrant population of Latino origin in the United States.

HIA’s programs involve governments, academia, the private sector, and community-based organizations. HIA is considered one of the world’s leading programs on health and migration, instigating the largest public health social movement in the Americas with the endorsement of over 10,000 agencies and 20,000 volunteers.

Emergency Preparedness
Qualitative Methods
Community Health Sciences

Xóchitl Castañeda

Xóchitl Castañeda was the Director of Health Initiative of the Americas, at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, since 2001 until 2020. A medical anthropologist by training, Xóchitl was educated in Guatemala and Mexico. She did a post-doctoral fellowship in reproductive health at the University of California, San Francisco. She also received training in social science and medicine at Harvard University and at Amsterdam University.


Liliana Osorio

Liliana Osorio is the Director of the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA), at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley. Since joining HIA in 2002, Liliana has led and collaborated on several projects, including the coordination of the annual Binational Health Week, one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the wellbeing of Latino immigrants.

Contact Information

2199 Addison St., Suite 417
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States