Dulce is the Director of the Office of Health Disparities (OHD) at Utah Department of Health. The Office operates with an expanded vision to serve all underserved and underrepresented populations and has become recognized for its innovative, evidence-based approaches and unique community-based participatory research.
Dulce has Master in Public Health from the University of Utah, School of Medicine. At the National level, she is a fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the area of translational health disparities research. Dulce has also been involved in the development of the National Partnerships for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), a comprehensive, community-driven plan initiated by the Department of Health and Human Services to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.
Dulce most recent work focuses on eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity in Utah by developing data driven tools and promising/best practices; fostering evidence-based research and data disaggregation; promoting community-based participatory approach and multi-sectorial collaborations; and creating a Health Equity Work Group at the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) that champions a transformative change by integrating health equity principles and practices into UDOH work internally, with communities, and with outside agencies.
Dulce leads the COVID Communities Partnership Project at the Utah Department of Health. She is also member of the Governors’ Multicultural Commission COVID Subcommittee where she chairs the Health Equity Workgroup.