Irene Caudillo

President/CEO, El Centro, Inc.

Irene Caudillo was appointed President and CEO of El Centro in December 2013. Irene earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduating college, she created children and youth programs for nonprofit organizations, including El Centro and Wyandotte Mental Health Association, in Wyandotte County. In 1994, she took a job with the Kansas City Missouri Health Department as Minority Health Outreach Director. Her duties included educating health providers on how cultural beliefs and practices impact health behavior. In 1997, she returned to Wyandotte County as Executive Director for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc., an agency devoted to developing and maintaining collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for Wyandotte County youth. In 2004, she joined Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas as the Director of Family Strengthening where she directed and managed their social services throughout their 21-county service area. After serving as the Director of Clinic Operations for Swope Health Services, she “came home” to El Centro as the Chief Program Officer in anticipation of transitioning into the President & CEO position upon the retirement of the past President and CEO.

Irene is speaking at

November 6, 2020
9:10 am - 9:50 am



Irene Caudillo has experience bringing people together to speak openly and safely about how cultural and racial inequities affect the communities around them. By focusing on people most in need, partnership and advocacy have the power to transform communities, so everyone has a fair and just opportunity for better health. Irene’s work at Health Forward Foundation and El Centro include a focus on reducing disparities in access to quality health care. Her presentation will help us all better understand the inequities in our communities and the role we can play in reducing them.


Learning objectives:

  • Action steps to ensure all voices are heard and influence racial equity processes
  • Strategies on how we can work together to address health inequities
  • Tools to ensure we can support patients and providers when addressing racial inequities and health disparities

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