The Art of the Trusted Messenger in Healthcare
Dr. Jorge O. Moreno will discuss his path from undocumented immigrant to Faculty in Medicine, the lack trust in Latinx community for healthcare system and ways to increase trust and describe the qualities of a trusted messenger and identify the challenges of the messenger.
Dr. Jorge O. Moreno is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine where he works as an internist and obesity medicine specialist. Dr. Moreno is originally from Mexico and was the first college graduate and doctor in his family. He graduated with a BA from Columbia College in 2006 and received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2011. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Yale Primary Care Program in 2014. Initially, he worked in an internal medicine community practice in Connecticut, and in 2018, returned to Yale as faculty in the clinician-educator track. He developed an interest for caring for patients with obesity and started a subspecialty obesity medicine clinic as part of his internal medicine practice. At Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Moreno has focused on developing obesity medicine curricula for medical students, physician associate students and medical residents. Recently, Dr. Moreno was a featured obesity medicine expert in an Emmy-winning special by Telemundo/Yale Center for Clinical Investigation—Cirugía Que Tranforma Vidas.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly influenced his clinical practice, he cared for patients with COVID-19 on the inpatient COVID units and in the outpatient setting throughout the pandemic in Connecticut. He quickly recognized not only the lack of information in Spanish about COVID-19 and the vaccines available, but also the vaccine hesitancy that existed in the Hispanic community. His focus turned to educating this community about COVID-19 in English and Spanish. Teaming with the Yale New Haven Health System, he participated in informational videos about the COVID-19 vaccine in Spanish. His outreach work with the Hispanic community led to collaborations with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and garnered media attention from local and national outlets. Recently, Dr. Moreno was selected as a 2023 National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellow. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cynthia Tanon-Santos (GSAS ’07), and his son, Benji.
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