President & CEO
Floribella Redondo-Martinez, began her journey as a Promotora (CHW) in early 1990s, educating her farmworker peers on HIV and STDs in the agriculture fields of Arizona and California. She is Co-Founder/President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Community Health Workers Association (AzCHOW), a state appointed CHW Advisory Board member for Arizona CHW Voluntary Certification, Co-chair of the Arizona CHW Coalition, Co-chair of the national CHW Core Consensus (C3) Project Advisory Council, member of the National CHW Common Indicators project team, Founding Board member for the National Association of CHWs, and American Public Health Association CHW Section Chair.
Samantha Sabo DrPH, MPH is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences and a researcher with the Center for Health Equity Research. For more than a decade, she has focused on the role and impact of Community Health Worker (CHW) workforce interventions and advocacy to improve the social determinants of chronic disease and maternal and child health. She has completed several CHW workforce studies to support building and sustaining the CHW workforce in Arizona and nationally.
The youngest of seven children, Lorena was born in Mendoza, Argentina. Both of her parents are Chilean, as well as all her brothers and sisters. Lorena’s family came to the United States when Lorena was only 11 months. Tucson is home for Lorena. This is where she married had twins who are now 11 and a boy who is 5 years old. Tucson is also where Lorena works as Community Health Advisor for El Rio Health Center. She brings education to myriad community events, which include women in shelters and jail. She has also participated in collaboration with Dr. Francisco Garcia on his REACH 2010 grant to prevent cervical cancer particularly in Hispanic women in the greater Tucson community.
Community Health Worker supervisor for the Equality Health Care Management team and a Promotora at heart. Nora has served diverse communities for the last 20 years, she values the ability to connect every day with individuals and communities in need, as assists them to increase their knowledge about how to better care for their health through outreach, education, awareness, support, and compassion. Nora understands the strengths and challenges of the communities she serves, this personalized relationship allows her to serve as a liaison between the individuals and the health and social services available for them in the community.
Yanitza is an Arizona native and grew up in Tucson where her passion for community health started. Since 2014 she has helped to establish the recognition of the Arizona CHW workforce at the local, state and national level. She continues to provide guidance for policies and procedures to strengthen the professional identity of CHWs. Yanitza is passionate about continuing to build awareness in the areas of core competencies, workforce development and sustainability for Arizona CHWs. Yanitza started her Public Health career as a Community Health Worker understanding firsthand the needs and responsibilities of the workforce.
Brenda is a Tucson native who graduated with her B.S in Public Health and B.A in Spanish Translation and Interpretation from the University of Arizona and currently holds her Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) certification. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Behavior Health Promotion at the University of Arizona. In addition, Brenda oversees SEAHEC programs related to health issues and services along the borderlands. As well as providing support to other community health worker programs in Southeast Arizona such as Winchester Heights, a small farmworker community in Cochise County. She helped with the development and implementation of SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms Initiative Health Program and the sustainability plan for the community health worker program.