Casey Family Programs Appoints Dr. America Bracho as New Board Member

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 General News
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SEATTLE, Dec. 18 Casey Family Programs appoints AmericaBracho, M.P.H., C.D.E., as one of its newest members of the board of trustees.The foundation's seven-member board is responsible for managing a $2.5 billionendowment and directing the organization's 2020 Strategy to improve the livesof children in foster care.

The foundation is putting its 2020 Strategy into action by providingdirect service to children in foster care and by working with child welfareagencies and policy makers.

Dr. America Bracho is executive director and founder of Latino HealthAccess in Santa Ana, Calif., a community-based center promoting healthy livingand disease prevention. Bracho is a native of Venezuela where she practicedmedicine for several years until she came to the U.S. to receive training inpublic health from the University of Michigan. She is a dedicated andpassionate doctor who has leveraged her intellect, education and vitalityaround children's health and welfare issues, as well as HIV/AIDS awareness andprevention. Bracho served on the task force on health disparities for theKellogg Foundation and is an advisory committee member for the MargueriteCasey Foundation.

"Dr. Bracho's contributions to the Latino community are recognized at thelocal, regional and national levels," said Gary Severson, chairman of theboard for Casey Family Programs. "Her leadership in the area of health issuesand health education will be a valuable asset to our board."

"I am honored and eager to join the board of Casey Family Programs,"Bracho said. "The mission, goals and direction of the foundation are alignedwith my own values."

Bracho joins Dennis F. Hightower and David C. Mills as the foundation'snewest members of board of trustees. Current board members include Gary R.Severson, chair, Shelia Evans-Tranumn, Sharon L. McDaniel-Lowe, and Joan B.Poliak. The President and CEO of Casey Family Programs is William C. Bell.

About Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs is the largest national foundation whose solemission is to provide and improve -- and ultimately prevent the need for --foster care. The foundation draws on over 40 years of experience and expertresearch and analysis to improve the lives of children and youth in fostercare in two important ways: by providing direct services and support to fosterfamilies, and by promoting improvements in child welfare practice and policy.The Seattle-based foundation was established in 1966 by UPS founder Jim Casey,and has a current endowment of $2.5 billion.

For more information, contact Casey Family Programs at or1300 Dexter Avenue North, Floor 3, Seattle, WA 98109. Visit our Web site at The 2020 Strategy has three goals: -- To safely reduce the number of children in foster care in half by the year 2020. -- To reinvest savings to strengthen the child welfare system. -- To improve the lives of youth in foster care so they can become self-sufficient, healthy adults.

SOURCE Casey Family Programs

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