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Aileen Orlino Dinkjian, EdD, MPH








Understand the misunderstood.
Give voice to the voiceless.
Be heard not herded.
- This is AOD
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At Chaffey Joint Union High School District

Focusing on Youth Mental Health with Lamar Odom


PBS RoadTrip Nation

Special Feature

Learn more about my career roadmap by watching this special feature on the PBS Show, Roadtrip Nation

Move 1 Million with Chris Powell

Teamwork makes the dream work. As a PTA member, I'm always looking for ways to support health and wellness at my own children's school. A "Healthy Minds" grant made it possible for the schools' PTA to bring celebrity fitness trainer, Chris Powell to meet with elementary school kids and practice physical and mental health movements.  Chris' non-profit organization called Move 1 Million got 730 kids, parents, and teachers up on their feet and getting their days going on the positive side.


Interview with
Yvette Walker from
ABC News & Talk.

"Don't miss my recent interview with Dr. Aileen O. Dinkjian as we discussed her work in population health at San Antonio Regional Hospital, with programs aimed at closing the gap to healthcare access, communication, programs and workforce development to enhance, streamline and anticipate needs of healthcare delivery to our region. FULL INTERVIEW:

Dr. Aileen Dinkjian serves as the Executive Director of Population Health at the San Antonio Regional Hospital, Randall Lewis - Healthy Communities Institute. Aileen leads the development of population health management initiatives and provides leadership and oversight for the HCI and Community Outreach Programs. Aileen serves to address the healthcare worker shortage and elements of the educational achievement gaps through HCI programming by creating workforce pipelines with students as early as middle and high school students. Aileen has championed the translational science and public health workspaces and has a deep-rooted passion for disease prevention and community health. Aileen chairs the health equity, diversity and inclusion council and leads the Community Health Needs Assessment for San Antonio Regional Hospital. Aileen received her B.A. in Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona, a Masters in Public Health at the George Washington University and a Doctorate in Education at USC."

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Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise." 

-Kobe Bryant, Mamba Mentality



Breathe of experience in public & private sectors.

Currently, Aileen serves as the Associate Vice President of Population Health and Executive Director of the Randall Lewis - Healthy Communities Institute at San Antonio Regional Hospital. Aileen manages and collaborates on high-profile strategic projects serving both internal/external customers in a dynamic matter, and have been successful in identifying viable opportunities and creating plans to drive the long-term vision.

The Healthy Communities Institute is designed to serve as a vehicle to help create innovative solutions by providing structure, programs, and specific training around healthy community efforts. The institute seeks to address the healthcare worker shortage and elements of the educational gap through wHealth, a program bridging healthcare and wellness directed at middle and high school students. Utilizing its non-clinical internships, the institute provides community practicum experience for undergrad and graduate students, Community Partnerships (BUILD and Know Your Numbers) to support community health improvement, and in leading the Community Health Needs Assessment. 


Previously, Aileen was the Director of Development, Healthcare initiatives at the University of La Verne. Aileen supported a bold new initiative for the College of Health and Community Well-Being, currently in development, that will help meet the critical and ongoing demands for diverse, qualified healthcare professionals, brought into sharp focus by the tragedies of the global COVID-19 pandemic. With a deep passion for disease prevention and community health, Aileen's primary role was to provide support for the College of Health and Community Well-Being, which is to be the regional leader, and national model, for high quality education to prepare careers, research, and innovation in 21st century health and community well-being, with an emphasis on addressing health inequities and social determinants of health. Since the shortage of frontline healthcare workers during the 2020 pandemic crisis, the College of Health and Community Well-Being will strengthen the region by training diverse, highly competent, and compassionate health professionals to meet the needs of the 21st century health care and public health.

Aileen has 25 years of experience working with and providing support to local, state, and federal governments (and now academia) to writing and supporting scientific and community grants, developing improved processes to program management, writing and reviewing policies, and leveraging an organization's quality assurance through ongoing evaluations.

Aileen has a proven track record of success in managing small to large-size project teams in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. She also has a strategic ability to develop work plans for a project work stream, understanding dependencies, maintaining project economics, and keeping an organization informed of progress and issues. Because of Aileen's exposure to diverse working environments and technical issues, she brings forth unique perspectives while identifying skills and resources needed for timely and quality deliverables while maintaining flexibility for unanticipated issues.

As a Manager for Research Development and team science at USC, Aileen has raised programmatic solutions and fundamental research issues at both local and national levels. She is a natural public speaker and is driven to ensure the success of every project she encounters.

Issues Aileen Cares About

Aileen believes in defending and promoting the rights, opportunities, and safety of all Californias. She envisions a California that leads the world as a model of economic prosperity rooted in economic justice, in both our rural and urban communities.  Aileen envisions a California where public health concerns is everyone's concern as we battle against COVID-19 and its variants.

Aileen supports an excellent public education system, from pre-K through college, to empower the youth to reach their full potential; good union jobs; sustainably planned communities; a strong democracy from the workplace to the federal government; and a secure and peaceful world.

Because climate change presents an existential threat to the future of humanity, Aileen supports the fight to: to protect our air, water, and natural resources through renewable energy; locate affordable housing near public transportation; and, develop innovative technology to reduce our carbon footprint.

Aileen honors, celebrates, and supports a diverse California, including immigrant and indigenous communities, veterans, artists, children and seniors, and will work to ensure they receive all needed resources.

Aileen believes in equality, liberty, and justice for all - the right of a woman to choose her own future; the right to fair treatment in the criminal justice system; the right to death with dignity; the right to equal access for those with disabilities; the right to free speech; and the right to live without fear of hate crimes or gun violence.

Aileen defends and promotes these values that support all people's hopes and dreams for a vibrant future, founded in an affirmative understanding of the intersectional nature of social and economic equity.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - 2020

University of Southern California

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society

Dissertation: Building Capacity to Increase Community Member Involvement at a Clinical and Translational Science Award

Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) - 2010

The George Washington University

Accomplishments: ASTHO Published Article on "State Boards of Health: Governance and Politics." Featured in the Association of Schools and Public Health Programs "This is Public Health" Student Recruitment Video.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (B.A.) - 2006

California State Polytechnic University of Pomona

Publication Feature

National Model United Nations Delegate

Vice President, Associated Students Inc.

Vice Chair, Multicultural Council

President Asian and Pacific Islander Theater Group

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