- Posted by: RoiAnn Phillips
Interview with Diana Pando, HC One’s new Communications Coordinator
My journey into motherhood got off to a rough start. After a near death experience during the birth of my daughter, I struggled with my maternal health. I decided to take a career pause and care for my child. When I was ready to reenter the workforce, I came across a job listing for the communications coordinator position at HealthConnect One. I researched the organization and really loved the work the organization was doing. I decided I wanted to be part of an organization that is committed to maternal health and birth equity. The work that HealthConnect One is doing is impacting moms and their families. For me, this is super important because the maternal mortality rates in this country are pretty dismal especially in the African-American community. The other reason I wanted to work with HealthConnect One is that I wanted to be surrounded by the fierce women on HC One staff who are using their superpowers for good. Their collective vision, talents and leadership help the organization continue to work towards birth equity. My goal at HealthConnect One is to flex my communications muscles to raise the visibility of the important work that HealthConnect One is doing.
Never underestimate the power of a great story! One of the first jobs I got in nonprofits happened because during the interview I was able to tell the story of my father who sold polish sausages slathered in mustard and grilled onions at Jim’s Red Hots on Maxwell Street (before it became a Jamba Juice ). Stories have the power to move people to action and if you are in communications, it’s a great skill to have. It’s given me the ability to do communications work to support the arts, housing, early childhood development and now maternal health.
Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?
My two-year-old daughter keeps me really busy but I’ve been squeezing in more creative time to write. Recently, my work was spotlighted with poets and storytellers at Steppenwolf Theatre and that was a joy to be with other creatives.
Three things people don’t know about me? I’ve co-hosted a radio show in Pilsen called Proyecto Latina, I’m also the co-founder of the Chicago Latino Writers Initiative and I am profiled in a book published in California called Women, Mujeres, IXOQ: Revolutionary Visions by Claudia Hernandez.