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Fellow of the Month

Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month

Margarita Chavez
Davita Health Graduate Fellow
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
School: University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Degree: M.S. Community Health Education
Placement: Office of Sen. Tom Udall

Margarita Chavez is a native New Mexican public health educator and practitioner who is committed to working with New Mexico’s diverse communities in the public and private sectors. She received her M.S. in community health education from the University of New Mexico.

Margarita’s primary concentration areas are community focused public health assessment and advocacy, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, health equity, personal safety, traditional western medicine and holistic healthcare.  As a faculty instructor with the University of New Mexico, Health Education and Sports Science department, Margarita taught a variety of courses associated to her areas of expertise. She also has ten years’ experience working as an EMT in local emergency rooms, where she has also served as a patient educator and advocate. She has designed and implemented community and workplace wellness programs with great success.

Margarita is a 6th degree black belt and teaches Kajukembo Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and fitness and nutrition programs in her parent’s family owned martial arts school.  She has volunteered for numerous organizations including Comadre a Comadre, a local breast cancer patient advocate organization and Casa de Salud, a health and wellness clinic serving the underprivileged and uninsured in her community.

Margarita is a SOPHIE 21st Century Scholar; a graduate of the 2013 Health Advocacy Summit; and has also completed a post-graduate internship, Exito! Latino Cancer Leadership Training where she conducted breast cancer research with the Susan G. Koman Foundation of Central New Mexico. She currently works as the health and wellness coordinator for Bernalillo County and is developing evidence based worksite wellness programs.

As a CHCI Graduate Health Fellow, Margarita aspires to expand her knowledge of health policy and make a positive impact on health policy reform. As a positive role model for New Mexicans, Margarita hopes to learn more about resources available to the underserved in her community that will allow them to access affordable health education and health care services. Margarita will lead by the example her parents have set, that is, achieving higher education goals, successful and long lived business ownership, and being a strong and critical component of the community.

Past Fellow of the Month

Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
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Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007