On September 30, Latinas in Business commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting the virtual 5th National Conversation with Latina Leaders to discuss the Mental and Sexual Wellness of Latinas and other minority women in a post-pandemic world.

The topic of this National Conversation will cover “Our Bodies, Our Health: State of Minority Women’s Mental and Sexual Wellness,” to take place on September 30, 2022, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST –  9:00 am to 11:00 am PST on Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. The event is open to all entrepreneurs regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. 

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State of Mental Wellness for Minority Women

The pandemic has left -and continues to cause- a significant burden of anxiety, uncertainty, loss, and stress, especially for minority women and their families. How are Latinas and other minority women dealing with mental health wellness and recovery in the workplace or sustaining their businesses? 

This panel will cover: 

  • An overview of disparities in impact and access to resources.
  • Effects on bullying and discrimination at work and in school.
  • How sexual disparities affect mental wellness in minority women.
  • What to do, where to go for culturally inclusive services.

Panel Speakers

Dr. Anahi Ortiz, Office of Franklin County Coroner. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Anahi Ortiz)

Dr. Anahi Ortiz was born in New York, New York. She graduated from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, a six-year BS/MD program, at City College of New York. She then received her medical degree from Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn. Dr. Ortiz decided on pediatrics as her focus and did her residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan.

She was appointed to the Office of Franklin County Coroner in November of 2014. Since then she has worked towards streamlining the process for more timely production of death certificates, professionally interpreting several forms for families of decedents whose primary language is not English, and educating the medical community on completing death certificates. She has highlighted cultural sensitivity as a priority of the Coroner’s Office and brought in several educational sessions on cultural sensitivity for the staff. As of April of 2018, she has added a paid FMLA program for employees.

In March of 2015, Dr. Ortiz convened the Franklin County Drug Overdose Death Initiative (DODI). This group currently meets regularly to look at the rising rate of drug use and deaths in our county and how we can intervene. Since then she has hosted the Franklin County Opiate Crisis Summit in March of 2016 and again in 2017. She has also worked on a Community Action Plan towards the opiate crisis and launched the Franklin County Opiate Crisis Task
Force in August of 2016.

Dr. Ortiz is on the Board of Netcare, Catholic Social Services and the Board of the National Violent Death Reporting System. She is a member of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Medical Advisory Board of YMCA Head Start. She has also spoken
to numerous community groups, as well as professional organizations on suicide, infant mortality, and addiction/opiate crisis.

Dr. Anahi Ortiz has almost 30 years of experience in working with high-risk communities in the medical field. She has brought this experience and knowledge to the Office of Coroner where she has been a voice for those who die of violent means and has helped to improve the lives of our community.

Rev. Ohilda Holguin, Founder of “Latinas in Wellness”. (Photo courtesy of Ohilda Holguin)

Rev. Ohilda Holguin, MEd., CHC, is a 5X Best-Selling Author, International Speaker, Business Coach, and a Tech & Small Business Executive, and featured Speaker on “LatinaTalks”. Ohilda is the CEO and Founder of “Latinas in Wellness”, an online community supporting Latinas with professional development, networking, business growth, sales, and marketing, in their health, wellness, spiritual, financial, tech, and/or passion-filled businesses. 

She has a private holistic wellness practice, “Well by Ohi” and holds a Bachelor of Psychology & Business, and a Master of Education. She is currently working on an anthology titled “Latinas in Wellness”, to share inspirational journeys about women in the health and wellness industry, preparing for the launch of her new podcast, and blogging for “ShineMyCrown”. 

Rev. Ohilda is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, the Reiki Healing Association, International Association of Reiki Professionals, the Healing Touch Professional Association, Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, National Speakers Association, Women’s Speaking Association, Black Speakers Network, National Association of Sales Professionals, and Forbes Coaches Council. She is also on the Advisory Board for Monroe College’s Business School, Ohilda is on the Board of the “Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully”, and a 2021 NYC Leader of Color.  

In 2019, she received a Proclamation for her work from Mayor Eric Adams, on behalf of the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and awards from Community Action Inc., YMCA, United Way, Aspira, and including numerous local schools and organizations. 

To find out more about Ohilda and her services please visit linktr.ee/latinasinwellness.

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  • Victoria Arena

    Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Montclair State University.

By Victoria Arena

Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Montclair State University.

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