2000 Inductee - Perfecto P. Munoz

2000 Inductee - Perfecto P. Munoz

Community Service

Perfecto Munoz has had several impressive jobs, and every job dealt with improving the lives of people. Since 1996 he has been the Enrollment and Community Relations Director for Health Plan of San Joaquin.

He evaluates and monitors enrollment sites, acting as liaison with Healthy Families and MediCal enrollment contractors. One of his many tasks is creating and managing a work plan to enhance cultural and linguistic sensitivities for the Health Plan, its staff and providers. He works with Community Affairs Committees of the Health Plan and is a liaison with ethnic community advisory boards and public and private agencies concerned with the health care delivery by and through the Health Plan.

Perfecto provides Health Care Consultation services to HMO’s, hospitals, and other health organizations. He serves on health care committees throughout California. He has given presentations to health care providers on Managed Care and health issues in the Hispanic and other minority communities. In March he was the keynote speaker at the National Latino Medical Association Conference in Washington D.C.

From 1991-1996 he was executive director of the Council for the Spanish Speaking/Latino Partnership for Healthy Tomorrow. He was in charge of a staff of 65 and had a budget of $5.4 million. He took care of everything from budgets to grant proposals to staff supervision and evaluation. He organized the first Managed Care Conference in the county to inform community leaders and healthcare providers of the new managed care efforts that were made by the State of California for Medi-Cal families.

In 1990-91 Perfecto was a special assistant to the dean of student services at Delta College. He provided technical assistance on district matters such as revision of articulation and matriculation issues and space utilization needs for disabled students, and developing new methods of registration and recruitment of minority students. From 1985-90 he headed the High School Equivalency Program based at Delta College. He supervised seven people, was financial manager, made class schedules and worked in public relations.

Perfecto’s first big job was at the Indian Valley College in Novato. From 1978 to 1985 he was Director of Special Programs and responsible for the supervision and coordination of all components in students services such as counseling, admission and records. He has a staff of 10 and also taught classes.

He has been president of the United Way of San Joaquin County. He has been on local school site councils and health related committees such as the Cultural and Linguistic Task Forces or the State of California Department of Health Services. He has also worked with Latino, Lao and Hmong groups. He has also given presentations on Youth At-Risk, Managed Care and other health matters. He has written for a local Spanish newspaper and given a presentation to the Stanford School of Medicine He will be attending San Jose State University in the fall to earn a Masters in Public Health.

Perfecto is a 1999 inductee of Edison High School’s Hall of Fame and has been named Executive of the Year by the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce of San Joaquin County.