(PHOENIX – April 1, 2020) – Esperança, a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve health and restore hope both locally and globally, announces Alexia Vega as a Community Health Educator for the organization.
As a Community Health Educator, Vega 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.
Vega’s position with Esperança comes after prior experience serving the community though the Athletes for Life Program. Through this initiative, she taught classes on nutrition to children and physical activity to adults.
“Passionate community health educators are vital to our success in providing preventive health education and resources in the local community,” says Maria Valenzuela, Esperança’s Domestic Program Director. “Alexia’s passion and prior experience teaching nutrition to children and adults will make her a valuable addition to the Domestic Program team.”
Vega is passionate about helping underserved communities through education and providing resources to help improve overall health.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and health promotion from Arizona State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
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.