Beatriz Maria Solís joined The California Endowment in 2007 as the foundation’s Los Angeles Regional Senior Program Officer. In 2009, Solís was tapped to be director of Healthy Communities, South Region, for the foundation’s 10-year strategic program Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0.
Building Healthy Communities was launched by The California Endowment in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities most devastated by health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive. As director of Healthy Communities, South Region, Solís is responsible for advancing the vision and strategic direction of the initiative, as well as helping achieve established goals and outcomes through The Endowment’s philanthropic efforts in Southern California. In addition, Solís served as a member of the foundation’s statewide Community Health and Elimination of Health Disparities Program Team, which sought to help improve the environmental factors that contribute to the poor health status of residents in low-income communities, and to reduce the higher rates of health conditions and diseases experienced by racial and ethnic communities.
Her vast professional experience includes director of Cultural and Linguistic Services for L.A. Care Health Plan, a research associate for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and an adjunct faculty member of California State University, Northridge and California State University, Long Beach.
Solís received her master’s and doctorate in Public Health from UCLA’s School of Public Health. Her education, career, and community service have focused on disparities in health and health services in Southern California.