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Dannie Ceseña

LGBTQ Network Director

Dannie Ceseña (He/Him/They/Them), Network Director, has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits in program development and advocacy. He has extensive knowledge in creating TGNC healthcare collaborations utilizing upstream interventions and addressing the root cause of the lack of access to TGNC affirming health care. His knowledge and leadership have assisted in the creation of two TGNC community health care clinics, and a monthly TGNC legal clinic in Orange County, CA. Dannie has become a trusted leader in LGBTQ health among partners in the California Tobacco Control Program. He is responsible for building We Breathe: Supporting Tobacco-Free LGBTQ Communities from the ground-up, and has established the program as a leader statewide, nationally, and even internationally. He has provided leadership and guidance for LGBTQ organizations that are new to working with the Department of Public Health, helping them navigate the complicated bureaucracy and ensuring LGBTQ project staff always have a place to turn with their questions and concerns. He is in high demand to present on LGBTQ health at trainings, meetings, and conferences throughout the country, and internationally.

Dannie is currently serving a 3-year appointed term for the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee and was recently selected to participate in the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) Health Equity and Quality Committee. He serves as a committee member for the Coalition of Demographic Data Equity, Orange County Trans Latinas, Planned Parenthood Orange County-San Bernardino Latino and LGBTQ Committee(s), GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association), and International AIDs Society. Dannie is a founding member of the Transgender Health Research Ethics and Advocacy (THREAT) Team which includes members from TGI-led organizations, trans-identified mental health providers, and academic researchers. Dannie is currently serving as a Community Investigator on a research team at UCLA called “Just Research? Trans Futures in Health and Scientific Knowledge”.

Dannie has been awarded Community Icon of the Year by Orange County Pride, Pro Bono Community Partner of the Year by UC Irvine School of Law, the Diversity Spirit Achievement Award by City Career Fair, The Courage Award from the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Beacon of Light Award from the City of Costa Mesa. He has been recognized by Congressman Lou Correa, CA Senator David Min, CA Assembly Member Cottie Petrie-Norris and the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his work in LGBTQ Health Care and Advocacy.He is a graduate of CSU Long Beach with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Political Science, and is a graduate of National University with a Master Degree in Public Health. On his spare time he enjoys trips to Disneyland, hiking and traveling with his wife and Iris and Xico.

(714) 594-9514

dcesena@health-access.org