Getting important health information to local Latinx communities

Thursday, August 6, 2020
By Allison Jones
Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD

Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi has long been focused on health equity. When the coronavirus pandemic struck, she turned to the local community, helping launch an effort to get better information in the hands of area Hispanic residents.

Together with her pediatrician colleague Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, Martinez-Bianchi launched a campaign called Latin-19 in March to help educate North Carolina’s Latinx communities about COVID-19.

A professor of family medicine and community health in the School of Medicine, Martinez-Bianchi is also advising the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in its efforts to inform Latinx communities about the coronavirus. Thus far, that population has suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.

Martinez-Bianchi, who is originally from Argentina, was profiled recently in North Carolina Health News, and her work has also been highlighted in recent stories in IndyWeek and the Duke Chronicle.

She also joined fellow Duke professors Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda and Dr. Gabriela Maradiaga at a recent Duke Media Briefing on how the coronavirus is affecting the Latinx population. Read more on Duke Today.


In addition, she shared health guidance about COVID-19 in two recent videos produced in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services:

English-language version:

Spanish-language version:


This article was originally published in Duke Today