Maria Avalos, a graduate student in the University of South Florida College of Public Health, is selected to lead the Nutrition and Health Division for Hillsborough County Head Start.
“As graduation approached, I realized that I needed a new challenge and was looking forward to putting my new skills and knowledge to use,” said Avalos. “I applied for two jobs with Hillsborough County, received interviews for both and I accepted the first job.”
Originally from Colombia, Ms. Avalos was raised in Texas before she and her family relocated to Florida in 2009. Most recently, she served as the health and wellness manager for the West Central FL Area Agency on Aging. In this position, she directed health promotion, falls prevention, and disease management programs in a five-county service area.
As general manager for nutrition and health, Ms. Avalos oversees a team of 10 health professionals and administrative staff. Her responsibilities include ensuring the department meets contractual obligations, remains in financial compliance, and, most importantly, meets the needs of the community.
Maria Avalos is earning a master of public health degree is health policies and programs from the University of South Florida College of Public Health. She is scheduled to graduate in December.