Esperanza Felicidad Cantú, MPH

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Esperanza Felicidad Cantú s director of Planning and Engagement at the City of Detroit Health Department. Currently, she leads citywide strategic planning to improve public health with community and healthcare organizations, residents, and stakeholders. Originally from Monte Alto, Texas, she has worked in fundraising, program management, data and research, and coalition-building to reduce health inequities in Detroit. Additionally, she serves on the statewide Hispanic and Latino Commission of Michigan, which develops a unified plan of action to serve the Hispanic and Latino community. She chairs the Finance Committee, providing financial oversight over the Commission’s budget and coordinating efforts to improve financial processes. She holds a master’s degree in public health through the University of Michigan’s executive health management and policy program, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College.

Fellowship Focus: Expand planning efforts to improve community engagement, so that residents and stakeholders can engage as decision-makers in local planning for their health and safety.