Meet Our Staff
Evelyn Delgado – TWHC Chair
Evelyn has extensive experience as a senior-level executive leader in public health at the Texas Department of State Health Services, including overseeing women’s and children’s health programs. Using the principles of public health prevention and intervention, community health programs under her leadership served over one million Texans and delivered $950 million in public health services annually.
With over 20 years of public service, Delgado served in leadership roles on numerous quality improvement task forces, including the Executive Committee of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives, Texas Medical Association Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal Health, and the Council on Children and Families. Delgado was also appointed to the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and on the National Campaign for the Prevention of Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a state and local action advisory group.
Erika Ramirez – Policy & Advocacy Director
Erika received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. Prior to working at Healthy Futures, she served as a policy associate and then senior advisor with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). During her time there, she helped implement the Medicaid and CHIP eligibility policy changes mandated in the Affordable Care Act and most recently worked on coordinating all legislative analysis, reporting, and correspondence for HHSC’s client services programs. She also worked on Medicaid policy issues with Families USA and the Center on Budget and Policy Priories during her time in graduate school. Erika is committed to improving programs giving women and children access to preventive healthcare and is excited to continue that work with Healthy Futures of Texas and the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition.
Leah Gonzalez – Policy & Advocacy Assistant
Leah received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from Howard Payne University, and her Master of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin specializing in Community and Administrative Leadership. Prior to her work with Healthy Futures of Texas, she spent over two years with the American Cancer Society advocating for patients and families affected by cancer. Additionally, she worked with the National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter during Texas’ 83rd legislative session. Leah is inspired by the work of Healthy Futures of Texas and the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition. She is excited to support efforts to advance teen pregnancy prevention strategies and improve access to preventive healthcare for all Texas women.
Perdita Henry – Advocacy Communications Specialist
Perdita received her Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Prior to her work with Healthy Futures of Texas, she spent over two years working with the Texas Academy of Family Physicians creating engaging content and guiding their marketing and social media efforts. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, who found her passion for branding while working with a local book publisher. She is excited to use her skills and experience to amplify the Texas Women’s Health Coalition’s mission to improve access to preventive healthcare for all Texas women and assist Healthy Futures of Texas in their goals to advance teen pregnancy prevention strategies.