Rocio Castillo-Foell joined North Sound ACH in August 2021, inspired by the organization’s philosophy and its desire for equity. Rocio will focus on supporting initiatives around Workforce Development and Health Education.
Growing up in Mexico, Rocio split her time between living on a small rural farm, the enormous Mexico City (her natal city), and the southern jungles of Chiapas. That contrast allowed her to observe how social determinants play a vital role in the health of communities. She has always been fascinated by finding ways to provide communities with tools and resources to prevent diseases and engage communities in healthy behaviors. Inspired by her childhood experiences, Rocio earned a medical practitioner degree from Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from the University of New England in the U.S. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Rocio has nearly two decades of experience in public health, health education, and community engagement, including campaigns for disease prevention, health promotion, and the operation of informative health workshops in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. In 2012, Bellingham became her home, where she continues her journey serving the communities living and working in the region as an advocate, health educator, and volunteer. Her most recent work included managing a health education program at a large network of community health centers within Washington State.
“In our work and our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction” — Audre Lorde.