Maria Valenzuela

Maria Valenzuela
Position:Health & Wellness Program Director

Maria Valenzuela is the Director of the Health & Wellness Program with Esperança. Since 1999 she has led the organization’s strategy and partnerships supporting community health programs provided across the state of Arizona – reaching over 45,000 Hispanic and refugee families. Maria uses a cultural lens to author and implement curriculums on nutrition, oral health, chronic disease prevention and management and more. This work aims to achieve health equity in Arizona, specifically by combatting the lack of resources dedicated to minorities. This progressive approach to preventative health programing has been recognized across the world; Maria has presented for the United States Congress, at two World Health Organization (WHO) global forums and was chosen for the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellowship in 2019.

Outside of Esperança, Maria serves on the Board of Directors for Valley Leadership, a member for the Mayo Clinic Community Advisory Board and the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County.