COUNTY HEALTH PROGRAMS DIRECTOR NAMED SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR

COUNTY HEALTH PROGRAMS DIRECTOR NAMED SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR

County Health Programs Director Herman Martinez has been named Social Worker of the Year by the Social Workers of Southern New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The award was presented May 30 during a banquet at the Las Cruces Hilton.
Martinez was nominated for the award by Las Cruces resident John P. Myers, who called Martinez, “truly a role model for the [social worker] profession,” based on the programmatic accomplishments Martinez has overseen during his tenure with Doña Ana County.
A native of Las Vegas, N.M., Martinez came to the county in 1999 with a wealth of health-care and management experience in the United States Public Health Service. Martinez has expertise in social services, health outreach, health promotion and education, and health issues related to indigent populations. He also is familiar with budgeting, programming, planning and evaluation.
At the time Martinez was hired, then-County Manager Fernando R. Macias praised Martinez for possessing “a skill set that will allow him to take the office we currently know as Indigent Health Care Services and help it evolve into a more wide-ranging and active component of health-care delivery in Doña Ana County.”
In his letter of nomination, Myers said Martinez has “expanded and transformed what was once the Indigent Care Office into a focal point for health care collaboration in Doña Ana County.” Myers also praised Martinez for his efforts in establishing the Doña Ana County Health Council and his successful coordination of a regional health care summit in Las Cruces earlier this year.
Martinez said he is honored to have received the award.
“The fact that this award has been presented by my colleagues and peers makes it especially gratifying,” Martinez said. “The fact is, however, that all of the health care providers in this region work together as a team to improve services across an area that has historically been under-served. The challenges we face together are tremendous, and I’m honored to have been singled out for recognition among such an outstanding field of compassionate professionals.”
For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.