Juan Carlos Belliard, PhD, MPH
Juan Carlos Belliard (PhD, Claremont Graduate University, MPH, Loma Linda University) teaches in the areas of culture and health; traditional, complementary and alternative medicine; ethnographic research methods; health disparities; and migrant health. His research interests are focused on medical pluralism, exploring how migrant communities utilize parallel systems of health care. He is currently a co-investigator at Loma Linda University’s Center for Health Disparities Research. As an educator Dr. Belliard applies service-learning methods to his teaching in local and international communities. Dr. Belliard is dedicated to various efforts that strengthen community-university relationships. He serves on the board of the Community Action Health System (SACHS) and has been a part of the strategic planning team for the San Bernardino City Unified School District, a strategic partner of Loma Linda University. He is currently the director of the Institute for Community Partnerships and Assistant Vice-President for Community Partnerships and Diversity at Loma Linda University.
Nery Pereira has an extensive background in administrative support. She has worked for Loma Linda University Health system since 1995 and joined the Institute for Community Partnerships in November of 2011. Her administrative career started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she worked as an Executive Assistant for two directors of Golden Cross Assistencia International De Saude Ltda., one of the largest health insurance corporations in South America. Nery’s bi-cultural background and trilingual skills come in handy in ICP’s work with the surrounding communities.
Megan Daly, MHA
Megan Daly (Masters of Health Administration, University of Southern California) is Loma Linda University Health’s Director of Community Benefit and the Associate Director for the Institute for Community Partnerships. Ms. Daly’s professional background includes over a decade of service at three of Southern California’s institutions: Keck Medicine of USC; the County of San Bernardino, Department of Behavioral Health; and multiple entities at Loma Linda University Health. Ms. Daly’s administrative background includes work in community health development, grants and project management, patient relations and grievance management, staff education and training, clinic operational management, and program design, implementation and evaluation for outcomes. She has specialty knowledge in behavioral health services, clinical operations experience in managing outpatient oncology, and in hospital-based service excellence and patient satisfaction. Ms. Daly teaches at the Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor on health care system operations, translation of policy into healthcare systems, and the cultural intersections between patients, providers, and systems that require new paradigms of cultural humility. Ms. Daly brings her passion for connecting with people and her enjoyment of the facilitation of complex administration processes to the office of Community Benefit in service to our Inland Empire community.
Cristie Granillo, MEd, MS
Community Health Worker Integration Manager
Cristie Granillo (MEd, University of Nevada, MS Azusa Pacific University) is the Community Health Worker Integration Manager at Loma Linda for the Institute for Community Partnerships. Through her leadership roles, Cristie has gained valuable experience managing programs to advocate for the creation of high quality educational pathways for students, wellness and safety for the community. From 2016 - 2018, Cristie served as Health Educator, Program Manager at Fresno Barrios Unidos.Through her experiences she has demonstrated her commitment to addressing social justice issues impacting youth and inequities in underserved communities. She currently manages the community health community workers for Chaffey Joint Unified High School District, San Bernardino City Unified School District, and Loma Loma Linda’s Community Health Workers supporting the NICU and Diabetes patients.
Chintan K. Somaiya, MS, MBA
Chintan Somaiya (MS, Montclair State University; MBA, Loma Linda University) has a passion for leading community health investments, community health needs assessment and community health implementation strategy. He also has a keen interest in building health policy and leadership programs. In his prior experience at Loma Linda University, he has been involved with a wide range of whole-person care programs, financial and grants management activities. Chintan has worked closely with San Bernardino County departments, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and several community based organizations to develop effective public health interventions, geared towards enhancing community access to quality care. Chintan completed an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology (2007) from Birla Institute of Technology. It was while studying at Birla that Chintan developed his interest in developing research and evaluation based health programs. His program development and financial management skills, adds to the ICP’s team efforts to ensure that Loma Linda University Health is relevant and responsive to the community.
Olivia Rodriguez, MPH
Olivia Rodriguez (MPH, Loma Linda University) is passionate about working with communities to provide adequate health education and services through community outreach and events. Her devotion to community health and leadership stem from her experiences in Eastern Coachella Valley and the health disparities of her community. Motivated to serve her community, Olivia has coordinated health fairs, developed curriculum, taught, and conducted research to address growing concerns over health. She has extensive experience with community work and partnering with nonprofits to meet community needs. Oliva is currently a student in the MPH program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and works for the Institute of Community Partnerships connecting with the community to address health inequity.
Crissy Irani, MBBS, MPH
Crissy Irani (MBBS, Rajiv Gandhi University, MPH, Loma Linda University School of Public Health) is passionate about the connections between community, evidence-based practice using research findings and public health programs. As a lifelong public health student, she has contributed to collaborations between many local and international partnerships. Beginning research as a medical intern, she has experience providing clinical care, community health guidance and community based education related to local and national initiatives in and around Bangalore, India. As a research fellow, coordinator and project manager she contributed to many types of research and clinical trials involving trial medication and interaction/outcomes with preventive health measures, over the counter interventions and lifestyle alterations. She is currently focused on ensuring the Vision and Values of Loma Linda University’s Institute for Community Partnerships is exemplified in fieldwork optimization, liaison between program leadership and stakeholders/residents in multiple communities, coordination of interdepartmental collaboration, and her contribution to organizational framework and budget maintenance.