After losing many close friends to AIDS, Elia Chinó decided to take action. Her desire to help end the devastation wrought by this disease in the Latino Community resulted in the creation of Fundación Latino Americana Contra el Sida in 1994. The name was changed to Fundación Latinoamericana de Accion Social in 2013.
A Michoacán-born immigrant, Ms. Chinó has called Houston home for over 30 years. During that time she has forged a reputation as a determined health advocate who works tirelessly to educate families, and adolescents in regard to preventable diseases throughout the Greater Houston Area.
Ms. Chinó has been recognized repeatedly for her tremendous efforts in working to create a healthier environment for members of the Latino Community. She was invited to be a guest speaker on Sabado Gigante, a TV program broadcast internationally on Univisión, and was named an “Anonymous Hero” by the host Don Francisco in 2006. She has participated in several media programs such as TV Azteca,, Telemundo, Univisión, CBS Radio and Fox 26; published in Rumbo, La Tremenda, La Voz, El Periódico Buena Suerte, La Semana and La Prensa. In 2009, she was chosen Telemundo’s “Heroes Hispanos” and Sheriff Adrian Garcia honored her with a nomination of Deputy Sheriff for Harris County.
FLAS has become the voice of the Latino Community by dedicating and educating others regarding this preventable epidemic that has become a serious public health issue. According to Ms. Chinó, “The key to FLAS” success is working closely with other non-profits, local, state, and federal government agencies; and with the following Consulates: México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Perú and Colombia. We participate in the Consulates’ Bi-National Health Week, Houston’s National HIV Testing Day, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and World AIDS Day throughout the Greater Houston Area. A former member of the City of Houston’s Community Planning Group and City’s Latino HIV Task Force fuels Ms. Chino’s passion and commitment to help our community.