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ACCION Staff

Rebekah Salaiz

Research Associate

Office: 915-215-5581

Email: rebekah.salaiz@ttuhsc.edu

Norma Nguyen

Data Manager

Office: 915-215-5587

Email: norma.nguyen@ttuhsc.edu

Jennifer Duran

Navigator

Office: 915-215-5588

Email: jennifer.duran@ttuhsc.edu

 Silvia Flores, PhD
 Silvia Flores

Silvia Flores is a Research Associate for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science in El Paso Texas. She obtained her Medical degree (MD) from the University School of Medicine in Monterrey, Mexico with a specialty in Pediatrics. She obtained a Master of Environmental Sciences in the National Institute of Public Health (MSc) and, PhD (2013) in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Silvia worked previously as a research associate for the department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at UTEP. She has worked on a bi-national study, examining the air pollution effect in children in both El Paso, TX and Cuidad. Juarez. She has collaborated in publishing articles about asthma research in the border area. She enjoys integrating the roles of clinical practice, teaching, and collaborating in research projects to the El Paso community.

Maria Chaparro, MPH
Maria Chaparro 

Maria Chaparro is a Research Associate and project coordinator for the ACCION program. Previously she has worked  on an NIH funded study on brief interventions in the Emergency Department and directed the ENLACES project, a CDC project funded to build capacity and strengthen effective and meaningful participation of minority populations in the HIV Prevention Community Planning process. She began her career in AIDS Prevention in 1993 with Families & Youth, Inc. (FYI) as the Hispanic/Latino Outreach Specialist for South Central New Mexico. Through a Hispanic Fellowship offered by the Joseph M. Mailman School of Public Health, Ms. Chaparro earned a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University in New York and worked extensively with Latino communities in Washington Heights promoting HIV testing and peer education among women and adolescents. She received the 2001 John and Kathleen Gorman Public Health Humanitarian Award for her AIDS Prevention efforts along the US-Mexico Border.  Maria is a proud mother of her 6 year old son, Andres Jose and is happily married and living in her dream home near La Union, New Mexico.

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