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San Juan Bautista Festival of Lights Parade

On 12/03/2016 SBHF participated with the mobile clinic in the San Juan Bautista Festival of Lights Parade. Those featured in the photos are Guadalupe Ortega, Carina Velasco, and Taylor Gann.

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Teaching Garden:

A new garden marks the beginning of spring here at San Benito Health Foundation and complements our plans for outdoor nutrition education this summer. Whether teaching preschool-aged WIC participants to identify the plants they eat, sampling healthy recipes with our chronic patients, or engaging children during our summer feeding program, the garden is a great adjunct to San Benito Health Foundation’s initiatives for comprehensive health and wellness.

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San Benito Health Foundation celebrated National Health Center Week, National Farm Worker Health Day and World Breastfeeding Week with the community of San Benito County.

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New Bus Stop Inaugurated

A new bus stop has been inaugurated on Felice Drive offering our patients better access to our facilities. We are delighted with the new addition and what it means for the people of our community. We thank all of the people and organizations that made this new bus stop a reality.

Pictured from left to right:
Rosa Vivian Fernandez, MPH, President & CEO of SBHF -
Ignacio Velazquez, Mayor - Victoria Montoya, SBHF Board Member - Jaime De La Cruz, San Benito County Board of Supervisor - Esperanza Walters, SBHF Board Member, Vice-Chair - Robert Scattini, Hollister City Council Member - Ray Espinosa, County Administrative Officer

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Angelica Rojas

With professionalism Angelica Rojas, BS, CLE has carried out the mission and goals of the San Benito Health Foundation (SBHF) for six years in which she has grown as a professional. In 2007, Angelica began as a Clerical Assistant and observed the different career opportunities, and after engaging with the families and seeing their health challenges, she became interested in the field of Public Health. Her work experience at the SBHF helped discover, shape, and ultimately strengthen her desire to seek a career in Public Health and in Nutrition. To better serve the SBHF and her community, she took the initiative to pursue a Bachelor in Health Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Food Science.

Some of her roles involve the implementation and improvement of the following programs: Nutrition and Health Education, Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy, WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), Local Vendor Liaison, Community Outreach, Media, patient satisfaction, and event planning. Angelica helps manage the training and development of staff.

Her experience at the SBHF has been very rewarding. For example, she enjoys teaching classes to parents about the importance of nutrition, health and breastfeeding. She feels satisfaction when helping patients that face language barriers. One of her greatest rewards has been educating the community on how to create healthy habits because such habits will help individuals prevent chronic diseases and live a healthier life. On a daily basis, she practices creating an environment that recognizes and respects cultural diversity to help make patients feel welcomed, understood, and comfortable.

Angelica, has received recognition for her leadership in community health. In 2013 she received the Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader Award and the first ever Emerging Leader in Migrant Health from the National Association of Community Health Centers for service to the medically underserved populations. During her convocation ceremony at San José State University, she was awarded the Outstanding Community Engagement Award and the first ever Allison Council Award and Scholarshop for her volunteer work and dedication to unprivileged communities.

Angelica’s future goals are to continue on to graduate school, obtain a Masters in Health Policy with a focus in community health, and bring about an impactful health change to communities in need.

See PDF of Graduation.

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University of California Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Brunch

In the picture is Leah Groppo, Registered Dietitian/PWPC, Lucinda Brannon Brazile, MPH, Director of Special Projects Lifelong Medical Care, Rosa Vivian Fernandez, MPH, President & CEO San Benito Health Foundations. Also in attendance representing San Benito Health Foundation: Angelica Rojas, Health Educator and Roy Prado.

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Margaret Nuñez Scholarship Awardee

Margaret Nuñez received a Migrant Health Scholarship from the National Center for Farmworker Health. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist health center staff pursue their educational goals and contribute to the development of the Community/Migrant Health Center workforce.

The selection of these recipients is based on their demonstrated commitment to working in migrant health, choice of career path, and personal experience. Margaret has been working for SBHF for seven years as the WIC manager and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Margaret has demonstrated her commitment to migrant health by consistently providing the best possible services to our migrant population. Margaret cares for our migrant population and due to her bilingual ability and family farmworker background she is able to connect with these families. She purchases lunchboxes, water bottles, and backpacks for these individuals to use while they are working in the fields. These migrant workers are usually far from any food establishments while they are working, and with these supplies they are able to bring their own food and water with them to work so they do not become hungry and dehydrated.

She is also an advocate for breastfeeding and as a Certified Lactation Counselor provides breastfeeding support to migrant mothers, and ensures that each breastfeeding participant goes home with breastfeeding bras and breast milk storage bags for moms who pump their milk.

Margaret is extremely passionate in helping our migrant population and puts in long hours both at work and at school. She always makes time to finish her school work while providing excellent care to our participants.

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