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Natalie K. Castellanos, JD to drive smart policy engagement in this new position

MIAMI, FL –December 11, 2018- Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, has named Natalie K. Castellanos, JD as Director, Policy and Public Affairs.  In this new position, she will work closely with Health Foundation’s Vice President of Operations and Strategy Dr. Janisse Schoepp in various capacities including advancing an advocacy agenda as well as informing and engaging with community stakeholders on key policy issues impacting the health of vulnerable, low- to moderate-income South Floridians.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus, E.D., “We believe that to improve community health over the long-term requires a supportive policy environment focused on addressing the social determinants of health.”  He added, “Natalie’s exceptional policy experience aligns with that focus and our belief that policy needs to be part of the solution. Elevating the depth and scope of our policy efforts will advance the impact of our work.”

Prior to joining Health Foundation of South Florida, Natalie was with Florida International University’s Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (“NeighborhoodHELP”) where she had a dual-appointment as an assistant professor at the medical school and as a clinical instructor and supervising attorney at the law school. Natalie’s legal work focused on improving health care access for low- to moderate-income Floridians. She has an outstanding background addressing and teaching social determinants of health and on implementing the medical-legal partnership model where legal services are used as a tool to improve health outcomes. Natalie grew up in South Florida, and is a graduate of the University of Florida and Florida International University College of Law.

About Health Foundation of South Florida:  The mission of Health Foundation of South Florida is to invest in and be a catalyst for collaborations, policy and systems change that improves the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate-income populations. Established in 1993, the Foundation has awarded nearly $125 million to nonprofits providing programs and services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  For more information, please visit or call 305.374.7200.