HCLA 2013: Community Outreach
SHAKIRA SMALL AND RAMIRO CAMARILLO
Magellan Health Services
As community development managers, Small and Camarillo are helping to break down the stigma associated with mental health and substance abuse issues, especially among traditionally under-served populations, such as the Hispanic and African-American communities. They often volunteer on weekends and holidays to educate and bring information and resources to our community. Visit any health fair or community event, and you’ll see them there either providing information on behavioral/mental health and substance abuse issues or helping out any number of organizations.
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS PROGRAM
Abrazo Health Care
The program was founded in 1994 as a community outreach to underprivileged school-aged children. Abrazo Health Care in conjunction with Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix Memorial Health Care Center, Maryvale Hospital and VHS Outpatient Clinics, Inc. currently operates 4 School-Based/School-Linked Health Centers in addition to a mobile health unit which serves 76 local schools in sixteen school districts.
Drago coordinated, implemented and created a three-part community health program aimed at providing pathways to Population Health — an effort to improve the health of an entire population — by helping older adults manage their health and well-being. Drago built Sun Health Medication Management, Sun Health Care Transitions and Sun Health Community Education from the ground up with few resources. She now has a staff of 11 nurses, case managers and support personnel.