Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Staff Profiles
José L. González
José was born in Durango, México and immigrated to Aurora, IL (30 miles west of Chicago) and remains bilingual and bicultural. He came to Minnesota in 1975 to attend St. John’s University and eventually graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work. José has a variety of health and human service work experience, including county economic assistance and child protection programs, migrant farmworker support, child/adolescent in-patient psych units, public health clinics (school-based, family planning, and prenatal care), and spoken-language interpreter programs. His most recent position before coming to OMMH was as a program officer with the Bush Foundation in Saint Paul. José also has served on numerous community boards, including as a trustee with the Minneapolis Foundation, Tubman Family Alliance, Centro Inc., Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. He continues to serve on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the Local Funding Partnership.
Asian American Health Coordinator
Prior to joining the Minnesota Department of Health as an EHDI grants manager, Xiaoying worked for Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis managing federal, state and county grants. Her work experience also includes being a multicultural liaison, and serving on several advisory committees to develop policies and programs (including a clinic for the homeless with serious mental illness and other health related needs). Passionate about health-related issues, she completed her internship and volunteered at Children's Hospital in Boston. She is committed to working for the underprivileged from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to improve their health status. She holds a B.A. degree from Nanjing University in China and an M.S. degree in Family Studies from Wheelock College in Boston.
African/African American Health Coordinator
Babette Jamison has more than 15 years of experience in management and administration in the nonprofit sector. Prior to coming to MDH, she was employed at Model Cities of St. Paul as the Director of Program and Services, responsible for overseeing the agency’s three supportive housing programs, crisis intervention services, targeted children’s mental health case management and youth development services. Ms. Jamison has also worked as the Director of Development for African American Family Services and the Director of Community Outreach for Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama. In her various leadership roles, Ms. Jamison has been responsible for strategic planning, program and organizational systems development, program evaluation and research, resource development and grant administration.
Babette has a master’s degree in public administration from Jacksonville State University. She provides leadership, consultation and cultural expertise on health disparities affecting African/African Americans and other populations of color and American Indians living in Minnesota.