Carmen E. Reyes
Center Manager and Community Relations
Carmen E. Reyes is the Center and Community Relations Manager of the Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership in Research in Aging (L.A. CAPRA) housed in the Division of Geriatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Ms. Reyes is bilingual, English/Spanish, and has over 30 years experience in the field of health and human services with an emphasis on aging and social justice issues in ethnically diverse communities. She has extensive first-hand knowledge of community coalition- building and advocacy efforts to influence fiscal and public policy in the field of aging. She has managed community-based applied research studies leading to culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions, program development and implementation designed to improve the health status of older adults in ethnically diverse communities. While Community Development Manager at the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology at California State University, Los Angeles, Ms. Reyes established and managed the Roybal Immunization Consortium for Older Adults (RICO), an evidence-based project and the first coalition in the County of Los Angeles to address the underutilization of adult vaccines. She established and managed the Roybal Fall and Injury Prevention Consortium a community-partnered research project to reduce the incidence of unintentional falls among older persons in the Latino community. Ms. Reyes has served as an Aging Justice Fellow at Women’s Policy Institute - The Women’s Foundation of California and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition (LAAAC).
Ms. Reyes was recently appointed by the State Senate Rules to a three year term as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Aging. She has also been given the prestigious honor of serving on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities, where she represents the needs and interests of patients, caregivers, and patient advocates. PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.