Since 2015, Carol Tumaylle has worked as the State Refugee Health Coordinator with the Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP) at the Colorado Department of Human Services. CRSP is responsible for coordinating the refugee resettlement program in the state. She manages four contracted refugee medical screening sites* and a refugee health promotion program. Carol also manages a five-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant that collects refugee health data and looks at health trends.
Born in Boulder, Carol is a Colorado native. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1988, Carol spent the next 30 years working in public health, both in the US and abroad. She served with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Ecuador for two years as a health promoter, followed by five years working at their headquarters office in Washington, DC. Carol left Peace Corps to pursue a Master in Public Health from George Washington University, and concurrently worked as a research associate at the Center for Health Policy Research. Later, Carol was part of a regional delegation tasked with Hurricane Mitch recovery efforts with the American Red Cross in Guatemala. Returning from overseas, Carol worked on a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project backstopping maternal and infant health efforts in Guatemala, Honduras, Afghanistan, India and Nepal. Carol has also held various positions, both paid and volunteer, at federally qualified health centers in Baltimore, MD, Colorado, and Washington, DC.
For the last five years, Carol has served on the board of directors for AMIGOS de las Americas/Colorado Chapter, a cultural immersion and service leadership organization that sends high school students to Latin America each summer. AMIGOS volunteers design and lead collaborative community projects related to public health, children’s rights and environmental sustainability. AMIGOS served as a foundational experience for Carol, as her public health career stemmed from working with community members to build latrines as an AMIGOS volunteer in Guanajuato Mexico in 1984. Carol enjoys international travel, and has had the privilege to visit Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Spain.
*Part of the federal funds that come to the State support a medical examination that is required component of resettling to the US. Helping the refugees we welcome to Colorado navigate the local health system and get the medical care they need upon arrival is a key part helping them re-build their lives.