Lived Expertise Integration Advocate
Palmira Ramirez joined YLC as the QPI Lived Expertise Integration Advocate in February of 2023. In this position, Palm uses her lived experience and advocacy skills to support QPI sites on the best practices in engaging and utilizing lived experience in systems change as well as the implementation of QPI. As a young adult advocate, she has helped push for both laws and bills at a state and national level meant to improve systematic outcomes for young people involved in the child welfare system. As a young adult in care, she was part of new Mexico's youth advocacy boards, LUVYA NM (Leaders Uniting Voices - Youth Advocates of New Mexico) and New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks where for just over ten years she advocated for the rights of her peers as well as herself and helped create systems change in New Mexico's foster care system. She looks forward to working with all of QPI's sites and building relationships as she continues to push for better outcomes for people with lived experience as well as create spaces for them to feel loved, appreciated and heard.