Mariposa Community Health Center’s Kunz wins rural health award

Susan Kunz, chief of program development at Mariposa Community Health Center, has been recognized as the 2018 Exceptional Rural Health Professional.

The recognition by the Arizona Rural Health Association came on Aug. 7 in Flagstaff after public health colleagues nominated Kunz for her career working in partnership with American Indian and Hispanic/Latino communities, MCHC said in a news release.

“Susan’s unique talent for designing programs, leveraging partnerships and sustaining systems was cited in her nomination, resulting in more than $50 million in competitive grant funding for community health programs and services over her career,” the health center said.

Kunz has been with MCHC for 11 years. She also chairs both the Health Equity Council of the National Rural Health Association and the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network.

“Susan’s unique ability to conceptualize new programs combined with her strong relationships, both regionally and nationally, has resulted in immeasurable benefits to Mariposa and the communities we serve. We are honored to have her as part of our team,” said CEO Ed Sicurello.

Before joining MCHC, Kunz worked with the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tucson Indian Center, as well as in Santa Cruz, Yuma and Cochise counties while directing the Border Health Foundation. An Arizona native, she served in the Peace Corps in Colombia and received her master’s in public health from the University of California at Berkeley.

“It is an honor to be recognized for a career that has been so rewarding. I love what I do,” Kunz said.

(From a news release submitted by Marco Leon of MCHC.)

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