Valentina Hernandez is a Nutritionist by training and currently serves as the Director of Integrated Nutrition Services for Mountain Park Health Center, in south Phoenix. Valentina has lead in the expansion of Mountain Park’s integrated programming. Valentina has worked in healthcare in various capacities, including conducting health research with NHANES, adjunct faculty with a community college. Valentina spearheaded an initiative to reduce childhood obesity in the south Phoenix area over a decade ago, including education, data collection and community intervention strategies. She is experienced in developing health promotion curricula, has years of direct experience in patient nutritional counseling and community engagement. She serves as a partner in several research projects through the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University.