2023 Hispanic Leadership Conference

Presented by:
Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's

Thursday, November 30 - Saturday, December 2
Phoenix, AZ

Our Hispanic Community Engagement Initiative and Leadership Conference is a national event focused on collaboration, community leadership, and cultural empathy to ensure Hispanic people living with Parkinson’s and their families have access to resources needed to live well. This bilingual event (delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish) provides training and support to community leaders from across the country to change how Hispanic individuals and families live with Parkinson’s.


Por primera vez en la historia de la Fundación ofreceremos una Conferencia de Liderazgo Hispano en formato bilingüe, es decir, el evento será en inglés pero habrá interpretación simultánea al español para quienes así lo requieran dentro de nuestra comunidad hispana de Parkinson. Si deseas conocer un poco más sobre el evento o invitar a otros colegas de tu comunidad a que apliquen para participar en la conferencia, descarga este flyer informativo en español.

También puedes descargar aquí la agenda del evento en español. Y si estás listo para completar tu hoja de interés para participar en la Conferencia de Liderazgo Hispano 2023, que se llevará a cabo del 30 de noviembre al 2 de diciembre, en la ciudad de Phoenix, Arizona, encuentra el enlace en español más abajo. Hemos extendido la fecha de aplicación hasta el próximo lunes 2 de octubre. ¡No te pierdas esta oportunidad, envía tu hoja de interés ya!


This conference is designed to support community leaders committed to Hispanic Parkinson’s community outreach. Whether you are relatively new to engaging this community or are looking for ways to build on and expand your work, you may want to consider applying to attend. This event is ideal for you if you…

  • Have researched and identified a need for Hispanic community engagement in your community but aren’t sure where to start to fill it.
  • Have begun the work to connect with the Hispanic community through partnerships or relationship building but aren’t sure what to do next.
  • Have started a program or resource for the Hispanic community but are having trouble with achieving/increasing participation.
  • Have a strong existing Hispanic engagement program/effort in your community and want to build your knowledge and network to expand it.

Pre-conference (virtual)

Two pre-conference webinars will set the stage for our in-person conference by exploring the roles of culture, diversity, and family in the Hispanic community and their impact on access, perception, and utilization of services. 

More information coming soon! 


Conference (in-person)

November 30 through December 2 

Phoenix, AZ 


Kickoff Fiesta 

Thursday, November 30, 2023 

4 – 6 pm 


Ocotillo Restaurant 

3242 N 3rd St. 

Phoenix, AZ 85012 

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Join us for this informal gathering to kick off our event where you will be invited to mingle with other attendees you’ll get to connect with during the two-day conference. Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served. Swing by before dinner or stay for the evening. We’ll provide fun ways to get to know fellow attendees and other informal activities, but there’s no formal program, so join when and for as long as you like.


Hispanic Leadership Conference 

Friday, December 1 & Saturday December 2 

9 am – 3 pm 


Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix 

3100 N Central Ave. 

Phoenix, AZ 85012 

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The conference will run December 1 and 2 and will give participants a unique opportunity to connect with other leaders throughout the country and learn about Hispanic outreach and community building. The agenda will include panels and breakout sessions so you can hear the voices of Hispanics with Parkinson’s, care partners, and community health workers (promotores) who are actively involved in shaping a better future for their communities.   

On the last day of the conference, we’ll invite you to draft an action plan with the steps and goals you want to achieve in the coming months. A directory of services and access to a closed social platform will be provided so you can continue communicating and sharing your progress.  

We will announce the event agenda and speakers later on. In the meantime, if you have a suggestion for a session or something you’d like to learn, please let us know at  communities@dpf.org. 


November 30th

Registration, welcoming Happy Hour, and networking at Ocotillo Restaurant


December 1st

8:30 am — Welcoming remarks and community project

8:45 am — Hispanic Community Engagement at the Davis Phinney Foundation

9:15 am — Q&A

9:30 am — Panel: The Promotores Model and the Hispanic Parkinson’s Community

10:15 am — Q&A

10:30 am — Movement break with Lisbeth Garcés and networking pause

11:00 am — Panel: Leadership and Empowerment in the Hispanic Parkinson’s Community

11:45 am — Q&A

12:00 pm — Lunch and videos

12:45 pm — Research in the Hispanic Community: Lessons Learned by Nacho Mata, PhD

1:15 pm — Panel: Research in the Hispanic Community - Barriers and Bridges

1:50 pm — Q&A

2:05 pm — Movement break with Mayra Torres and coffee break

2:30 pm — Successful Community Models (part 1): San Diego and Tijuana "Healthy Brains/Healthy Communities"

3:10 pm — Q&A

3:25 pm — First day evaluation and closing remarks


December 2nd

8:30 am — Networking and group picture

9:00 am — DBS Awareness and Access in the Hispanic Community

9:45 am — Q&A

10:00 am — Gaining Support & Resource Mapping – Introduction

10:15 am — Resource Mapping Practice:

  • Breakout Session 1: Research, DBS, and Hispanic Clinics
  • Breakout Session 2: Conferences and Other Educational Events
  • Breakout Session 3: Support Groups, Exercise, and Expressive Arts Classes

10:45 am — Resource Mapping - Debriefing

11:00 am — Movement break with Julie Worden and networking pause

11:30 am — Storytelling, Parkinson’s Awareness, and Education in the Hispanic Community

12:00 pm — Q&A

12:15 pm — Lunch

1:00 pm — Panel : Successful Community Models (part 2): Hispanic Ambassador Leadership Program

1:45 pm — Q&A

2:00 pm — Moving Forward - Developing Your Action Plans:

  • Breakout Session 1: Research, DBS, and Hispanic Clinics
  • Breakout Session 2: Conferences and Other Educational Events
  • Breakout Session 3: Support Groups, Exercise, and Expressive Arts Classes

2:30 pm — Sharing your action plans

2:45 pm — Day 2 evaluation and closing remarks


This bilingual conference (delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish) is designed to be intimate and collaborative, and we have limited spots for in-person attendance. By completing the application below, you will help us learn more about you and your work. We’ll use this information to evaluate whether this conference is the right next step for you or share alternative resources if applicable. We extended the deadline! Please submit your application by October 2nd.

Once your application has been reviewed, we will notify you by October 9th, 2023, to let you know if you have been selected to attend and will provide instructions for applying for available travel grants (up to $1,000 USD).  

Explore the Event

This event website is your go-to resource for up-to-date information about applying, attending, what to do in Phoenix, and much more. Learn more by clicking the buttons below, and don’t forget to bookmark this page, as more details will be coming soon. 

Travel and Accommodations

Attendees of the Hispanic Leadership Conference are responsible for booking and managing their own travel and accommodations. However, we are offering a discounted hotel room block for convenience and will provide lunch for both days of the conference.

We have reserved a room block at the hotel listed below. You may find that you can find a better price using a senior discount or other approaches, so we encourage you to check before you book. 



Embassy Suites Phoenix Downtown North 
10 E Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Single Rooms: $219, Double Rooms: $219, Triple Rooms: $229, Quad Rooms: $239, ADA Rooms: 4 single rooms & 2 double rooms reserved. 

Continental Breakfast included! 


Booking Link: https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/parkinsons-leadership-conference/ 

The closest airport to the event is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Attendees are encouraged to select ground transportation that suits them best for travel to and from the airport and to utilize travel grant funds to cover their selection. For detailed information about ground transportation options, visit the Sky Harbor website. 


Have a question or want to learn more about this opportunity before applying? Contact our Hispanic Community Engagement Manager, Claudia Martinez at cmartinez@dpf.org 

Claudia Martinez

Claudia Martinez
Hispanic Community Engagement Manager

Thank You to Our Hispanic Leadership Conference Sponsors

Sponsor the Leadership Conference

We invite sponsors of this event to join us as participants, learners, and contributors. If you are interested in supporting this important gathering of Parkinson’s community leaders (and joining in the event yourself!) please contact Jorie Parwani at jparwani@dpf.org.

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