Magdalena  Sunshine Serrano

Magdalena Sunshine Serrano

Magdalena Sunshine Serrano (she/her/hers) is an Indigenous woman of Serrano, Apache, and Tarahumara descent. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Trauma-Informed treatment with Indigenous populations. She was born in Guadalupe, California, and returned to the Central Coast in 2007 due to her desire to serve the local community. She has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Allan Hancock College, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and American Indian Studies from UCLA, and a Master’s of Social Work from USC. In 2015, she completed a Public Health program focused on health equity and community organizing in American Indian and Indigenous populations from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the Director of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Services for Community Health Centers of the Central Coast and oversees the adolescent and adult mental health programs. In 2017, she received the Latino Legacy Award for her contributions to increasing access to mental health treatment in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County. Over the last 6 years, Magdalena and the CHC clinical leadership team have committed to developing a culturally and linguistically inclusive care model where diversity is celebrated at all levels. Magdalena is currently a fellow of the California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Program Fellowship where she is focusing on the development of a culturally and linguistically behavioral health integration model.