Hispanic Heritage Month caregiver spotlight: Jesus Elizalde-Lindgren

October 11, 2023 Swedish Communications

 Spotlighting our Providence Swedish caregivers to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month 

On the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, Friday, September 15, Jesus Elizalde-Lindgren proudly wore a beautifully embroidered shirt from Mexico as she went about her workday. That evening her family would be dressing up and attending a celebration for El Grito, Mexican Independence Day-eve festivities that countdown to midnight on September 16.

But for Jesus, connecting to her culture this Hispanic Heritage Month is more than personal. As Providence North Division regional manager for health equity, she has supported multiple ways that our facilities and caregivers can celebrate while at work. 

"We're really looking forward to sharing the love and growing our HOLA Caregiver Resource Group (CRG), I hope we bring a lot of awareness to caregivers," she says. 

Jesus Elizalde-Lindgren (at center in pink shirt), with members of Swedish's LGBTQI+ Program team, is regional manager for health equity with the Providence North Division. 

Jesus has a background in community health and says she was always drawn to finding ways to think outside of the box for offering community-centered care, even before she began in our Community Health department. She currently manages a variety of programs within OHEDI: the Cultural Navigation team, the LGBTQIA+ program, as well as various health equity metrics and initiatives. She has been in a unique position to see the OHEDI department continue to develop. As part of many of these health equity initiatives, Jesus gets to support various health fairs, mobile mammography, and other basic health screenings that focus on community needs for underserved populations. 

"Health equity is not a new concept, but it is a new focused concept for our organization, and part of that is a culture change in how we deliver intentional care. With this role I am able to be a thought leader and feel like my voice and experience is heard," Jesus says. "I also get to be out in the community with my teams and make sure we bring that voice back to Providence Swedish." 

Outside of her job duties, Jesus also works actively in our caregiver resource groups; In addition to chairing HOLA, our LatinX caregiver resource group (CRG), Jesus is among the founders of the Working Moms CRG, and a participant in the Women's CRG. It can be just as important to health equity that our caregivers have the opportunity to grow our community internally, as it is for us to do this work externally, Jesus says. 

When not at work, Jesus spends time with her kids and husband and her immediate family in the Seattle area.

Learn more and find a provider

If you have a health issue or concern, it’s important to see a provider for the right care when you need it. Whether you require an in-person visit or want to consult a doctor virtually, Providence Swedish is here for you.

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Additional resources

Hispanic Heritage Month caregiver spotlight: Guadalupe Duarte

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