Laura is currently a Nurse Team Manager at Clinica Family Health Services. She immigrated to the United States when she was 25 years old, after a childhood full of struggle in Mexico City, and she worked tirelessly to learn English and get an education. She learned first-hand the opportunities education affords, and early on, she was inspired to pursue nursing as a way to help others just like her to seek out the services they need to lead healthy and happy lives. And she uses her skills as a nurse to help people outside of her workplace as well. While in nursing school, she was elected to serve as Secretary for the Colorado Student Nurses Association, tasked with providing a voice for Hispanic nurses and increasing awareness of medical needs for the Hispanic population; after graduation, Laura continued to volunteer her time for the organization. She currently volunteers for the Juan Diego Parish Health Fair, as a tutor for Hispanic nursing students, and as a mentor for Hispanic teenage girls at DPS's Florence Crittenton School. Laura is actively involved in her church and started a volunteer care network to help members of her congregation in need of home care, and is especially valuable as the only bilingual nurse at the church. Stemming from her own love of the outdoors, she leads a weekly hiking group on the weekends that incorporates health-related discussions around topics that are relevant to the group. Laura has a passion for educating people in the community and making them aware of what they can do for themselves and their families, just as she has done for herself and her family.
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