Community Mobilization Specialist, CATCH
Danielle Castro is the Community Mobilization Specialist at the CoE. The project she is currently working on is CATCH (Coalitions in Action for Transgender Community Health). The CATCH Model guides a community mobilization process that promotes provider networking and community utilization of existing services. The coalitions lead data collection and analysis efforts, prioritize prevention needs, develop a comprehensive plan to strengthen community access to and utilization of health care and HIV prevention services, and decide how to evaluate these efforts.
Danielle is a Latina trans-identified woman born in San Jose, CA, and is pursuing a master's degree in psychology. Danielle is the past HIV Education and Prevention Supervisor for the San Mateo County Public Health Department's STD/HIV Program. Mrs. Castro is a heartfelt and passionate community leader who seeks to create positive change wherever she is. Her efforts include but are not limited to: Co-founder of a transgender youth group at the Billy DeFrank Community Center in San Jose, past Human Relations Commissioner of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, past Santa Clara County HIV Planning Council for Prevention and Care Executive Committee member, present member of Board of Supervisors for ProLatino de San Jose, past Co-Chair of the San Mateo County PRIDE Initiative, San Jose Transgender Day of Remembrance Co-Producer and steering committee member, transgender service provider cultural sensitivity training educator, HIV test counselor, and Center of Excellence for Transgender Health past Vice-Chair.