Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH, is currently Executive Director of APA Family Support Services. The agency uses a model of in-home visitation and case management, offering a continuum of services for Asian immigrant families at risk of child abuse and domestic violence. The continuum of services spans from perinatal prevention and early intervention to clinical counseling and treatment.
Until recently, Dr. Santiago was a Vice President of The Health Trust, a grantmaking nonprofit organization. He led the operating foundation’s focus area on obesity prevention and its initiative on healthy living. In addition, while there, he served as the Director of Healthy Silicon Valley, a collaborative of over 100 organizations seeking to address the epidemic of overweight and obesity in the region. The collaborative facilitated a continuum of prevention activities from individual behavior and workplace wellness, to the built environment, sustainable agriculture and government policy.
He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and a Master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University where he is a faculty lecturer in health care organization and administration. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in Health Science by the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at SJSU.
He practiced podiatric medicine and surgery for ten years before proceeding with over 20 years of leadership in community organizations. He served as Executive Director of the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, which provides cultural, recreational and social resources including health screenings, fitness, dance, yoga, and meditation. In addition, he is a principal in a consulting partnership that offered coaching, and leadership, fundraising and strategic and business planning services to nonprofits.
Dr. Santiago was awarded the first Unity in Diversity Medal from Santa Clara County, in part for his seven years of service as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement and three years as the founding Executive Director of the Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County, a local association of community health centers providing safety net primary and preventive health care services.