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Laura Castellanos

Laura Castellanos is an associate director at the American Hospital Association directing the Hospitals Against Violence initiative to educate the health care field on leading practices and innovative approaches to workplace violence and community violence, including human trafficking, gun violence and supporting victims and communities of mass violence incidents.

Laura was the inaugural Richard J. Umbdenstock and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Executive Fellow at the AHA, focusing on health equity and social justice. Prior to the AHA, Laura was a senior project manager in human resources at Houston Methodist Hospital System, Texas, responsible for system integration initiatives.

Laura holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston and a bachelor of science in nutritional sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives.

Session: Combating Human Trafficking: Role of Hospitals and Health Systems

Thursday, Oct. 20 │ 3:30 p.m. General Session: Hospitals Against Violence

As Arizona prepares to be in the spotlight for several high-profile sporting and business events in 2023, hospitals and health systems can find themselves experiencing elevated interactions and on the front lines of care for victims of human trafficking. Learn how hospitals and health systems are combating human trafficking through prevention, intervention and survivorship. Panelists will share insights from national efforts and share resources for local leaders.