(PHOENIX – April 1, 2020) – Esperança, a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve health and restore hope both locally and globally, announces Valeria Lopez as a Community Health Educator for the organization.
As a Community Health Educator, Lopez will be providing health education and resources to the low-income Latino community around Maricopa County, developing education programs that are culturally appropriate, and building strong relationships with local health leaders, senior centers, and community groups.
Lopez is passionate about serving the community through the promotion of awareness and education. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California.
Lopez’s position with Esperança comes after prior experience working and serving the community at Sunset Community Health Center in San Luis, Arizona. She has worked one-on-one and in group sessions with children, adults and seniors as part of an emotional wellness program called “Loving Yourself.” Lopez also has experience coordinating and promoting free medical services to test blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels and more.
“The continued growth of the domestic program relies on a great team of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community,” says Jeri Royce, President & CEO of Esperança. “Valeria brings a history of passion for educating her community, making her a perfect fit for the position.”
Derived from the Portuguese word for “hope,” Esperança has been dedicated to transforming lives since its inception in 1970. Now celebrating 50 years of service this year, globally Esperança works within some of the poorest communities in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mozambique and Peru, providing health education, food security, disease prevention, access to clean water, ecological home-building and life-altering surgeries. Further, the organization also serves under-resourced children, adults and seniors in Maricopa County through programs such as oral health, chronic disease prevention and management, nutrition, and parent ambassador training. For more information, please visit: www.esperanca.org.