About the Founder
Founder & Executive Director
A Michoacán-born immigrant, Elia Chinó has called Houston home for over 33 years. During that time she has forged a reputation as a determined health and wellness advocate who works tirelessly to educate people about preventable diseases, behavioral health and mental illness. After losing many close friends to HIV/AIDS, Elia Chinó decided to take action. The result of her desire to help end the devastation wrought by this disease in the Latino community was the founding of the Fundación Latinoamericana de Acción Social, Inc. (FLAS). Ms. Chinó is a former member of the City of Houston’s Community Planning Group (CPG) and the former chair of the City’s Latino HIV Task Force. Ms. Chino currently is the founder and executive director of FLAS, Inc.
Ms. Chinó has been recognized repeatedly for her tremendous efforts in working to create a healthier environment for members of the Latino community in Houston. She was invited to be a guest speaker on Sabado Gigante, a TV program broadcast internationally on Univision, and was named an “Anonymous Hero” by the host Don Francisco in 2006. In 2009, she was chosen Telemundo’s “Heroes Hispanos” and Sheriff Adrian García honored her with a nomination of Deputy Sheriff for Harris County. In 2016 she was nominated by OutSmart’s magazine top LGBTQ Latino Leader. Also, in 2016 she was nominated by the federal government of México and received the award “Premio Revolución”. Finally, in 2016 she was nominated “Angeles De Nuestra Comunidad” and received the Jefferson Foundation Award in recognition of outstanding public service. As Executive Director, her primary role is administering and management over 2 million dollars each year in federal, state and local funding for integrated program services that includes HIV/STD preventions and testing, community-based prevention services, and program evaluation. Under her leadership, significant growth and improvements have occurred including, program effectiveness, creation of quality standards for prevention services, and the doubling of the annual operating budget to support community-based strategies. Elia continues to be a sought-after consultant and presenter due to her reputation for excellence in the HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention. Finally, Ms. Chinó brought in last 10 years to the City of Houston in funding approximately 20 million for behavioral services and education services.
“My dreams and hopes are that together, we decrease the health disparities in Houston and