Zulayka Santiago joined the NC Oral Health Collaborative as the Director in August 2015. In this role, Zulayka works to convene a diverse group of stakeholders committed to building health equity for all North Carolinians. Prior to joining the NC Oral Health Collaborative, Zulayka worked as an independent consultant, providing leadership, capacity building and technical support on various projects relating to social justice, philanthropy, cooperatives and community engagement. Zulayka holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and received her undergraduate degree in Pan-African Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. Zulayka was recently selected to be part of the inaugural class of the Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship Program through George Washington University. She is also a part of the 06-08 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative and is a founding member of Earthseed Land Cooperative.
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March 30, 2017
My values and perspectives on life have been heavily influenced by my mother—a woman of no formal academic education but whose wisdom surpasses that of many. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and as a single mother she fought hard to give her 2 daughters the opportunities that she did not have. Mostly, she succeeded at achieving that aspiration: my sister and I were able to get a good education through the public school system, and because of Medicaid we had the medical care we needed. But given that we didn’t have dental insurance, accessing oral health care was a more...