Charlene Barrientos Ortiz: Healthcare Activist

A Chicana healthcare activist and healer, Charlene Barrientos Ortiz has made a career out of advocating for communities of color since the HIV epidemic hit Denver back in 80s. During that time she witnessed inequities in healthcare and today is working to break barriers that surfaced during COVID for minority groups. She shared with I Am Denver how her Indigenous roots inspire her public health work.