Patricia Herrera is a trained social worker and mental health professional with a career dedicated to the development of innovative, cost-effective models of care coordination to improve the health outcomes for children and youth with special health care needs. She has extensive experience developing community programs focused on health navigation services, outreach to families of children with special health care needs, and early intervention services.
Patricia led development of the 211LA screening and care coordination program, has spearheaded fundraising over $2,200,000 in foundation support, and has created dozens of unique partnerships with community-based service organizations.
Previously, Patricia helped lead the development of Family Resource Centers statewide during nearly 20 years at the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center. Ms. Herrera has a Masters Degree in Counseling from California State University Northridge and a Clinical Psychology degree from Colombia, South America.
Roux AM, Herrera P, Wold CM, Dunkle MC, Glascoe FP, Shattuck PT. Developmental and Autism Screening Through 2-1-1: Reaching Underserved Families. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012; 43(6S5): S457-S463, 2012.
Contributing author to the textbook: Glascoe FP, Marks KP, Poon JK, Macias MM (Eds). Identifying and Addressing Developmental-Behavioral Problems: A Practical Guide for Medical and Non-medical Professionals, Trainees, Researchers and Advocates. Nolensville, Tennessee: PEDSTest.com, LLC, 2013
Contributing author to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology Series: To Improve Health and Health Care, Volume XVI, Editors: Isaacs SL and Colby DC, Chapter 10: The 211 LA Developmental Screening and Care Coordination Program, Publisher Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Josey-Bass, 2015
Marks KP, Griffen AK, Herrera P, Macias MM, Rice C, Robinson C. A System-Wide Solution to Improve Early Identification for Developmental-Behavioral Concerns. Pediatrics 2015; 136(6):e1492-4. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-1723. Epub 2015 Nov 9.