Once a mere daydream of bringing empowerment and wholeness through health and education, Mi Futuro has evolved over recent years from a somewhat spontaneous pizza night, shared by high school students and healthcare professionals, to a well-organized and attended symposium of mental health workshops and healthcare seminars, cofounded by Musetta Perezarce, Registered Nurse/Teacher, and Wanda Tapia, Tapia Consulting/Latino Health Forum Coordinator.
In 2013, Musetta Perezarce, the visionary, used a grass roots approach, brainstorming on a notepad. At the time, she was a Hospital Supervisor at Kaiser Santa Rosa. Musetta personally approached respected hospital colleagues whom she thought might share her vision to inspire and empower youth as they pursue healthcare professions. She received an enthusiastic response and went on to launch the first event of 50 students.
2013 night of mentor get-to-know-you games over pizza, med stations, and speakers.
Inspired by the Latino Health Forum she attended a few months later, Musetta petitioned Wanda Tapia, inviting collaboration.At the time, Wanda was the coordinator of the dynamic Latino Health Forum. Wanda attended the second annual event, straightway committed to partnership for the 3rd annual event, and future community impact. Wanda and Musetta immediately began the shaping of Mi Futuro, andlaunched as cofounders in Fall 2015!
Wanda worked to receive first-year funding from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and support from the Sonoma County Department of Behavioral Health, through voter approved Proposition 63, also know as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Wanda’s expertise in symposium management, program development, and community mobilization enabled Mi Futuro 2015, to take the next step and become an official symposium: "Mi Futuro esta en Carreras de Salud/My Future is in HealthcareCareers", complete with steering committee, syllabus, and over one hundred attendees.
Cofounders: The Why
Musetta and Wanda, personally had lived experience of stressors & social disparities common to Latino youth in California. They shared mutual values to bring healing and wholeness to the individual and to the community through health, education, and economic empowerment.
Wanda and Musetta shared a passion for empowering community, addressing mental health issues, and equalizing social disparities. It was their commitment to these values that drove them to create an event that informs, motivates, and compels youth to consider careers in the mental health and primary healthcare fields.
Mi Futuro Cofounder Wanda Tapia Tapia Consulting Latino Health Forum Coordinator
Mi Futuro Cofounder Musetta Perezarce, RN, BSN, MBA Registered Nurse, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Mi Futuro Chair/Project Director
Mi Futuro Mission
Promote Mental Health wellness among youth.
Inspire youth to pursue behavioral & primary healthcare careers.
Support underrepresented & disadvantaged youth to pursue health careers to strategically develop a more culturally & linguistically competent healthcare workforce.
Encourage total health by advocating higher education attainment, a key social determinant of health.