La Luz Center and the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center have named Catalina Chavez-Tapia as community outreach and navigator.
This new position will enable the two agencies, which have similar and overlapping clientele, to reach out to community members who can benefit from their services, and design services that meet their needs. The position is funded in part by the Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s Todd Trust, which is dedicated to improving the lives of Springs residents.
As the community outreach and navigator, Chavez-Tapia will learn about the Springs community, talk with community members and organizations to determine their needs, and help provide links between those needs and local agencies that address them.
“In addition to the services offered by La Luz and the health center, many other organizations in the community address specific needs of our clients. The goal of the position is to raise awareness of these services and to act as a liaison by bringing those services to where they are needed. It is not our intention to recreate what already exists.” said Juan Hernandez, executive director of La Luz. “Collaboration with other service organizations is a crucial part of making sure our community has access to all the services they need.”
A big piece of Chavez-Tapia’s work will be about collaboration and working with existing groups and efforts.