When Stephen Fallon co-founded Latinos Salud in 2008, he already had years of experience in AIDS service work, both with his own consultancy and with Fort Lauderdale’s CenterOne.
As part of his consultancy, Fallon “helped get funding for ten agencies in Florida. One of the programs I was most proud of delivered prevention education to young Latino gay guys here in the Fort Lauderdale area.”
Unfortunately, budget woes led Broward County’s Hispanic social service agency to exit the HIV arena. “That was a wake-up call for me: I can fly around the country planting seeds, but who makes sure that programs grow to serve changing communities? So I co-founded Latinos Salud in 2008 with Rafaele Narvaez.”
Under Fallon’s direction, Latinos Salud has grown to become South Florida’s leading organization serving the needs of LGBT Latinos/as and those who love them.
“Latinos Salud has some of the most passionate advocates for community health you’ll find anywhere,” said Fallon, who is the organization’s executive director. “This summer, we opened a location in Miami Beach, to close the gap created when one of the long standing Miami HIV agencies closed last year.”
Whenever he is not working, Fallon shares a home with “a gaggle of crazy cocker spaniels. I love to bike, work out, and cook for friends.” An “insatiable travel bug,” Fallon and his partner of ten years have traveled through Spain, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.
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