Carolina Nkouaga, MPH, is Director of the Office for Community Health at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. She has collaborated on the development of the health extension model and various community health worker initiatives, as well as the implementation of the University’s strategic goal to work with community partners to improve the health and health equity in the state of New Mexico more than any other state by the year 2020. Working with a network of 18 states around the country, she created an online toolkit with resources for implementing health extension, available at Carolina is passionate about the development of both local and national collaboration to further develop health extension, and has been a key driver in the community health worker model in New Mexico, which is currently being replicated in many other states. She draws on her experience of working in indigenous communities throughout Latin America on community development projects, as well as the Bahá’í principles of unity and service, to guide her work.

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