A lot of new energy is flowing through Sacred Valley Health this month. We’re grateful to have new staff, volunteers, and project support. Meet the additions to our team!
Anna Herdeck, Director of Operations
Anna joins us from Chicago, where she worked as an AmeriCorps health educator at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing bilingual education on health promotion topics to uninsured and underinsured patients. In 2008, she moved to Gracias, Honduras with the Peace Corps, where she partnered with the local hospital, health center, and World Vision on projects related to maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS prevention. There, she helped create two train-the-trainer curricula. Back in Chicago, Anna continued working with the FQHC as a program coordinator and grants manager. She’s thrilled to be here with us at Sacred Valley Health.
Aimee Schantz, Community Coordinator
Aimee grew up in Argentina and Atlanta and has lived in Seattle for the past 15 years. In Seattle, she managed a University of Washington research laboratory focused on neurodegenerative disease. She has long had an interest in global health, and she’s happy to be working with us at Sacred Valley Health.
Tara MacDowell, Community Coordinator
Tara became interested in global health as an undergraduate, when she participated in several medical brigades to Ecuador and Zambia. This inspired her to join the Peace Corps, where she served in Ecuador for two years as an HIV/AIDS prevention and education specialist, teaching sex education in local schools and working with women’s and youth groups. After the Peace Corps, Tara got her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on women’s global health. In her spare time, Tara likes to do yoga, ski, and dance bachata.
We’re also delighted to announce that Sacred Valley Health has been awarded a project support grant through the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, which will provide funding for our Docente Program.
—Written by Courtney Weintraub