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A conversation with Dr. Trinidad Solis, Fresno County’s new Deputy Health Officer

Fresno County Department of Public Health

She credits her background as the daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers for driving her toward a strong education and the desire to break down health barriers within rural and minority communities.

A little over a year ago, Fresno made headlines asone of the first California counties to offer the COVID vaccine to farmworkers. That initiative was partly the work of Dr. Trinidad Solis, a family medicine doctor and public health expert, who at the time was a physician with the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Now, after a promotion in January, Solis serves as the county’s Deputy Health Officer. In this interview, KVPR’s Kerry Klein speaks with Solis about her personal history and how it’s shaped her priorities in her new role.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.