Vulnerable Populations and Health Equity
Leonor is an educator and internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical work, research, and teaching focused on patient-centered care and on improving health care for vulnerable populations. At OpenNotes her work focuses on improving the movement’s ability to communicate, empower, and meaningfully engage patients from all backgrounds, including those with chronic illness, limited English proficiency, or limited health literacy.
Leonor currently serves as the Director of Patient Engagement at Health Care Associates, BIDMC’s primary care practice. Before joining BIDMC, she worked in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center where she co-founded the Latino Clinic.
Leonor has authored publications about health literacy, cultural competence, and medical education and led national conferences on health disparities and immigrant health. She directs BIDMC Schwartz Rounds, an interdisciplinary forum to explore and promote humanism and sustainable joy in health care. She also writes poetry and short essays.