Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA

PNC/MLA 2019

Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 28

Luis Lagos, Community Outreach Program Manager, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Luis Lagos is the Community Outreach Program Manager for Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI). He was born in Honduras, Central America and holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Total Quality Management. He has been a Community Health Worker/Promotor for over 13 years and has extensive experience working with the CHW/Promotores model. He is the current Chair of the Idaho Community Health Worker Association. In 2019 he was selected as a National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) Ambassador, representing CHWs in the State of  Idaho.  Only 20 Ambassadors were selected in the process nationwide. While working for FMRI he has developed a screening tool for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), successfully tracking and referring patients to existing programs in the community, especially patients who are suffering from lack of access to healthcare. More recently, since 2016 he has been teaching the cohorts for Idaho State University (ISU), CHW training program.


Tuesday, October 29

Amy Pence-Brown, Body Image Activist

Presentation Title: Body Positivity & Size Acceptance: Advocating for Vulnerable Patients 

Presentation Description: Amy will introduce the history of the size acceptance and body positive movements in America and the key components to Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating along with defining some important terms. She will also talk about how these revolutionary and healthy ideas are changing the current contemporary landscape in Idaho and beyond. Her talk will also provide a list of resources, share books and tips for easy ways to add more body acceptance to your libraries & workplaces.

About Amy: Amy Pence-Brown has been a body image scholar & activist for the past 10 years and often uses her body as a political vessel and canvas for her work. In 2015 she stripped down to a black bikini and blindfolded herself with a sign and markers in the farmers market downtown Boise in the name of radical self-acceptance and a video of the performance, along with a blog post she wrote, went viral (to the tune of over 200 million views to date!). Her work and voice as a fat feminist mother gained international attention and she continues fighting for self-love and body positivity as a writer, artist, public speaker, educator, leader of the Boise Rad Fat Collective and founder of RADCAMP: A Body Positive Boot Camp for Feminists & Feminist Teens. Learn more about Amy at https://www.amypencebrown.com/

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