Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Sofia Hinojosa graduated with honors in public health and a certificate in Community-Based Research from American University. As a border-city resident, Sofia has a passion for increasing healthcare accessibility for immigrant communities, addressing health disparities, and building healthy communities. While volunteering for MEANS (Matching Excess And Need for Stability) Database, an online platform that redistributes food donations, Sofia along with community activists were able to connect El Paso food pantries and service organizations to MEANS’ technology as an effort to advance El Paso City Council’s “Food Waste Prevention and Recovery” initiative. She also completed health policy internships on Capitol Hill and conducted research in Medicaid expansion and improving healthcare access for immigrants.
Field placement: Western Center on Law & Poverty
Los Angeles, California
Policy placement: Root Cause Coalition