C.H.E.F. Elects Garcia to Board In Continued Effort to Eliminate Health Inequities

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Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) announced that it has elected Ricardo Garcia to its Board of Directors. Garcia is the General Manager of Radio KDNA-FM in Granger, Washington, which is the only full-time educational Spanish-language public radio station in Washington State. A demonstrated leader with commitment to and passion for eliminating health inequities, Garcia brings significant expertise to the C.H.E.F. Board.

Diversity Is All of Us

Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) announced that it has elected Ricardo Garcia to its Board of Directors. Garcia is the General Manager of Radio KDNA-FM in Granger, Washington, which is the only full-time educational Spanish-language public radio station in Washington State. A demonstrated leader with commitment to and passion for eliminating health inequities, Garcia brings significant expertise to the C.H.E.F. Board.

As one of the founders of Radio KDNA, Garcia has helped to shape and direct its development and growth as a minority public radio station that produces quality educational programming for the Spanish speaking population in Washington State. With a focus on reducing and eliminating health disparities, Radio KDNA's mission is to help communities overcome barriers of literacy, language, discrimination, poverty and illness.

Garcia also serves as Executive Director of Northwest Communities Education Center, which is the licensee for Radio KDNA. Previously, he was Executive Secretary of the Washington State Commission on Mexican-American Affairs, and he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Yakima Valley Community College. Among his other accomplishments, Garcia has been recognized with several awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latino Radio Summit in 2002, the ACLU William O. Douglas Community Service Award, and La Voz del Campesino, an award from Washington State's Child Protective Services at its statewide "Diversity Is All of Us" conference.

Larry Clark, C.H.E.F.'s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are honored that Ricardo has joined our Board. His leadership, innovation, and proven track record in helping to eliminate health inequities within Washington State is perfectly aligned with our focus at C.H.E.F. We look forward to Ricardo's participation on our Board, and know that his contributions will help us achieve greater impact in our mission-focused work."

Ricardo Garcia noted, "It is a pleasure to participate on C.H.E.F.'s Board since we share a mutual passion for entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and most importantly, helping to build health equity within Washington State."

About Comprehensive Health Education Foundation:
Founded in 1974, Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) is a nationally known nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote health and quality of life through education. With a focus on helping other health and human service organizations eliminate health inequities across ethnic, racial, and income groups, C.H.E.F. offers a unique blend of philanthropy and advocacy, as well as mentoring and training through its new MissionWise® division. For information about C.H.E.F. and MissionWise, please visit http://www.chef.org and http://www.missionwise.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

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