Claudia Hartz, Behavioral Health Patient Navigator at Hawai’i Island Community Health Center, Claudia has been a part of Hawaii Island Community Health Center, previously known as West Hawaii Community Health Center, for over nine years.
Claudia received her BA. in Transborder Chicano/Latino studies at Arizona State University. Her focus in college was Community Health and Development. She was a research assistant for the Department of Transformative Studies during college. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Rudy Guevarra. The project gave Claudia the knowledge and data related to Hispanic/Latino communities on the islands of Hawai’i. Claudia’s responsibilities were to interview Hispanics living on the Big Island. Claudia completed her Master’s in Social Work through the University of Hawai’i Manoa Distance Education and dedicated her capstone to migrant seasonal agriculture workers in Hawai’i, creating a Migrant Seasonal Agricultural worker toolkit.
Claudia is bilingual and fluent in both Spanish and English. Before coming to Hawai’i, she worked as a Spanish medical interpreter for Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona for over 17 years. In the fall of 2015, she completed “Bridging the Gap” through the Office of Language Access Hawaii State Department of Health and is part of their roster offering Language services on the West Side of Hawai’i.
Claudia’s responsibilities as a Behavioral Health Patient Navigator are linking the underserved community to resources and helping clients with medical and behavioral health care barriers. Claudia is working towards her goal of becoming a licensed clinical Social Worker.
Claudia is a NACHW (National Community Health Worker Association and PATH (People for Active Transportation) board member. Claudia is also an advisor for the A.L.O.H.A. Latinos Association on Big Island.