Remembering Dr. Frank Meza
“Dr Frank Meza is a mentor’s mentor and someone with a treasure chest of experience and knowledge about where the Latinx Health community started at and where we have to go to achieve health equity, inclusion and equality.”
It pains us to share the sad news of the unexpected passing of Dr. Frank Meza. He is one the giants that made LMSA possible today, thus it breaks our heart to say goodbye. He was always very supportive of our efforts at LMSA and never hesitated to speak at our regional conferences when we asked him. He has mentored many of us throughout the years and served as a role model to all our LMSA members and is one of the recipients of the LMSA lifetime Achievement awards.
It was through mentorship that he was encouraged to help legitimize the local Chicano health movement by attending medical school and bringing discipline to the vision that brought us into being. And he built on his education, applying his studies in journalism, epidemiology, and medicine to training others on the importance of culturally appropriate care. Dr. Meza would—and did—candidly admit that we had gotten off to a rudimentary start in 1969, and it was this ability to honestly critique that gave him an eye for what progress looks like. He worked tirelessly throughout his career to address health disparities, injustices, and inequities in healthcare and medical training. He had a huge heart and a kind spirit that will definitely be missed.
May he rest in peace and his legacy live on through all of our work.
Read more about Dr. Meza’s role in the Chicano Health Movement here.