The C4H staff

Maria Fernanda Gutierrez

Program Manager

Maria is a program manager for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. She works closely with the C4H team to provide technical assistance, strategic planning and program development support to CBO’s. Her existing role enables her to collaborate with community partners and subject matter experts on cross-sectional efforts focused on promoting racial equity, TB/Hep B elimination, and community resilience.

Prior to her time at APIAHF, she served as a CDC Public Health Advisor for the California Department of Public Health specializing in Tuberculosis Control and Prevention. Her team primarily worked on responding to high-priority outbreak investigations and providing technical support to LHDs and TB programs across the state.

Maria is a first-generation graduate from the University of Florida where she earned her B.S and MPH.  Throughout her career, Maria has had the privilege of serving in a mixture of environments across the public health spectrum ranging from prenatal care and neurosurgery to clinical research and health communications. However, it was the product of her lived experiences navigating her family through the healthcare system that fostered her inherent proclivity for health equity and social change. Her hope is to continue to support the sustainability of a public health infrastructure that is more equitable, patient-centered and culturally competent.

On her spare time, Maria enjoys painting, making music, creating resin art and editing travel videos.


Our Mission

Community-based organizations are the change makers of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. How far can we scale our impact? Let's find out together.

Our Staff

C4H has trained 1300+ and co-designed with 120+ community-based organizations and health departments to make waves of change in their communities.

HIV CBO Leadership Institutes

Two-day training in multiple cities across the United States for program managers and leaders at HIV Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).

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Health Equity

Equity, Sustainability, Cultural Competency, and Social Determinants

Health Equity aims to enable better opportunities for organizations and public health professionals to respond to racial, health, and structural disparities at the local level.

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National Learning Community for HIV CBO Leadership

The National Learning Community for HIV CBO Leadership is a distance-based learning program that will strengthen the next generation of leaders at community-based organizations. Learn more here

Creative Problem-Solving Intensive

In this six-week program, you will be matched with a cohort of CDC-funded CBO managers from across the country to learn and practice methods to accelerate organizational change.

Meet the Faculty

C4H has trained 1300+ and co-designed with 120+ community-based organizations and health departments to build creative solutions and make waves of change in their communities.

EHE Video & Podcast Series

As the U.S. continues to respond to COVID-19, increased investments in the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative are vital to regain momentum, advance innovation, and achieve health equity.


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Outside Resources

Capacity for Health is a capacity building assistance (CBA) provider and have many resources available.