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Why I am a Force for Health® Member...

I am passionate about connecting leaders in education, media, tech, science, population fitness and community preparedness to address gaps and disparities that exist for minorities and rural areas.

My inspiration

I have always been inspired by my mom…a passionate teacher of science who inspired the curiosity of 10’s of thousands of students throughout her career.

What would you like people to know about your community?

Tucson, Arizona is a fabulous, innovative, diverse and kind community located about 90 miles north of the Mexico border, about 120 miles south of Phoenix, nestled between four mountain ranges.  We are considered a large Metro area, with 1M+ residents, with a small town feel.

Our Greater Tucson region, considered part of the Pima Association of Government, includes City of Tucson, the towns of Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, Vail, Green Valley with strong community involvement from both native American Indian tribes, the Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O’dham.

We are anchored by the University of Arizona (Go Cats!), Pima Community College(Go Aztecs!), Raytheon, Banner Health, Tucson Medical Center and Carondelet.

We have 350+ days of sunshine a year, and we are known to be the winter training capital of the world, luring world class cyclists, runners and other types of athletes seeking great weather, laid. back lifestyles, great food and friendly people.


We have what it takes to be nimble and collaborative and believe that Tucson will score well in the V.I.P. Community L.E.A.G.U.E.S. Challenge in 2021, as a leading community supporting health and wealth opportunities for everybody, equally.

I love my town and look forward to sharing our experiences with the other community leaders around the globe.

My Citizenship Health Factors

Some of the factors that have been challenging for me have been...

Managing the demand between platform development and pure community outreach.  COVID has certainly played a role in disrupting natural, in-person connections, and in many ways, has actually facilitated more connections to take place, since travel is no longer required with everybody’s move to virtual, but I miss the personal interactions that make community involvement so powerful.

Some of the strength of my community health factors are:

Pima County is very focused on supporting healthy communities, and have active teams working in response to the Pima County Community Health Needs Assessment. Tucson also boasts of an impeccable hospitality reputation, hosting PGA events, the Arizona Bowl, El Tour de Tucson, the worlds largest gem show, always leaving visitors with special touch.

This is a town where everybody knows everybody, and the leaders are very accessible.  Since we are nearly 40% Hispanic and 90 miles north of Mexico, there is a strong Hispanic voice and economic impact that is often underlooked, but powerful, which balances our community into a diverse and thoughtful one, moreson than other communities I’ve seen.

We are the bi-national region and the bilingual, cross border opportunities gives us a unique position to help guide and frame health issues in a compassionate and bilingual manner.

Some of the challenges in my community regarding certain health factors are:

One major challenge is the decentralized status of public health focused initiatives in our community.  Everybody is in their own silos and there is limited connectivity between the business, healthcare, education and civic leaders to be effective.

There is a tremendous opportunity for better interagency collaboration to support resources for our teachers and schools.

I believe I can help improve my community's health by...

Supporting better access to health information, challenges and resources for every BODY to make healthier choices for themselves and their families