Vice President, Health and Housing
Sandra Serna is the Vice President of Health and Housing at Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF).
In her role as Vice President, Ms. Serna serves as program and policy expert on the intersection of health and housing. Drawing on SAHF members’ experience working with health systems, payers, and others to improve outcomes for SAHF’s residents and neighboring communities, she facilitates partnerships with the health sector and informs policymakers on critical issues within the intersection of health and housing. In doing so, Ms. Serna elevates SAHF’s position as a vocal advocate and partner for increased and innovative approaches to resourcing quality, affordable housing, which lead to better health outcomes.
Ms. Serna is a nonprofit leader and public health advocate with over a decade of local, regional, and national experience. Over the past eight years, her career focus has evolved from communicable disease prevention to building multi-sector strategies to improve health and equity. Prior to joining SAHF, Ms. Serna led the Healthy Communities Portfolio at Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), where she oversaw projects with an emphasis on using health, transportation, economic, and environmental data for community-wide collaboration and planning. Ms. Serna also spearheaded LPHI’s advocacy efforts to expand fair and affordable housing and Complete Streets policies and investments in the Greater New Orleans region.
Additionally, Ms. Serna has several years’ experience managing projects and developing resources for membership and trade organizations. Prior to joining LPHI, Ms. Serna was part of the Impact, Strategy, and Innovation team at United Way Worldwide, where she provided strategy support and technical assistance to local United Ways committed to making their communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Serna was a program manager at the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), a national public health membership organization and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) affiliate, where she provided capacity building assistance to state and local health and education departments in the areas of STD, HIV, and teen pregnancy prevention.
Ms. Serna holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
sserna [at] sahfnet.org