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
Xiaoying Chen came to Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) as the Asian American Health Coordinator in 2006. Her previous work experience includes working for a nonprofit and governmental agencies managing federal, state and county grants and serving as a multicultural liaison. Being a first generation immigrant, she fully understands the challenges that immigrant and refugee communities face on daily basis, living in a new world. Her strong interest in public health led her to become an advocate for populations of color and American Indians, promoting health equity for all Minnesotans. She holds an M.S. degree from Wheelock College in Boston.
Loring Eyo has over 10 years of experience working for corporate organizations providing various degrees of high level administrative support in diverse industries. She has worked for companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, UnitedHealth Group, Lockheed Martin, American Express, to name a few.
Some of her key duties in these organizations were creating and streamlining process and procedures for onboarding of new hires and contractors, creating and managing databases that utilize client data and contract agreements, and negotiating and amending agreements and contracts with contractors and vendors.
Loring has a B.S. degree in business management and a human resources certification from Cardinal Stritch University in Minnesota.
Darwin Flores Trujillo
Darwin Flores Trujillo transferred to MDH in 2013 from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs where he worked as an account clerk. Darwin’s accounting and finance experience includes working with private companies, banks, universities, and with Accountability Minnesota, a nonprofit that offers free tax preparation and financial support services for small businesses. His experience with SWIFT, SEMA4, QuickBooks and other systems as well as his experience working with government policies and procedures will help OMMH and our grantees stay on track with invoicing and budgets! Darwin is a native Spanish speaker and speaks English fluently.