The Eastern AHEC team is made up of a very creative and talented group. For more information, take a read of our bio's and backgrounds:
Maritza Bond, MPH, Executive Director
Maritza Bond, MPH is the Executive Director of Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), Inc. In this role, Bond provides leadership to bring educators, health care professionals, and community leaders together regionally and statewide to ensure health care access and enhance the workforce in Connecticut. Specifically, Maritza helps to determine the educational needs of health care providers, supports development of curriculum frameworks for youth, college students, and adult learners. At Eastern AHEC, Maritza also leads efforts to recruiting minorities and nontraditional students into health care careers.
Bond has dedicated 11 years of her professional career to public health within the local public health and the nonprofit sectors. For the past 8 years Maritza has been a leader in public health program administration, development and management.
Prior to Bond’s transition to executive director at EAHEC, Bond worked as the organization’s Director of Multicultural Service Learning where she implemented the first statewide Connecticut AHEC Medical Interpreter Certificate Program as well as provided oversight of the regional Collegiate and Youth Health Service Corps programs.
Before joining Eastern AHEC in 2006, Bond coordinated several grant project initiatives at the Naugatuck Valley Health District, including the Immunization Action Program (IAP). Bond’s responsibilities have included management and implementation of Connecticut’s immunization program on a community level as well as facilitating continuing education and professional development for health professionals. In 2006, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recognized Bond’s efforts in creating the most improved immunization program in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Bond holds a Masters in Public Health with an MPA certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Connecticut. She earned a B.S. in Public Health with a specialty in health promotion from Southern Connecticut State University in 2000.
Much of Bond’s work has been dedicated to the promotion of eliminating health disparities and fostering health equity initiatives. These initiatives include addressing the needs of individuals with limited or no English language skills by advocating locally and nationally for equal health care access for these populations. Bond is the immediate past state representative for the International Medical Interpreter Association (IMIA), an international organization committed to advancing best practices related to achieving access to health care for linguistically diverse patients. As the state representative, Bond’s goal was to ensure that medical interpreters statewide were aware of standards, practices and innovations in the field.
In 2011, Bond was recognized by the International Medical Interpreter Association for her years of contribution. Bond is currently an executive officer and secretary of a statewide initiative, the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership (CMHP), a partnership that is established to eliminate health disparities in Connecticut. Bond has also served on the board of the Naugatuck Valley Project, a local grass root organization, is the 2008 CT Health Foundation Leadership Fellow as well serve on various committees statewide.
Hector Gonzalez, Language Service Coordinator
Hector Gonzalez, migrated from Mexico in 1998 to the United States when he was only 12 years old. His family decided to move to the United States so their children can have a better life and enhance their education. Only speaking Spanish and knowing a limited amount of words in English, Gonzalez and his four brothers began their education in America for the first time. It was difficult for Gonzalez to adapt to the new culture, meeting people from so many places was something different. It took him a few years to start learning the English language.
Gonzalez began his work experience at the age of sixteen years old. After graduating from Windham High School, Gonzalez continued his education by attending Eastern Connecticut State University, becoming the first member of his family to go to college and received a college degree. He wanted to open doors for his brothers and set an example.
Gonzalez holds a Bachelors Degree in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008 and would like to pursue a Masters degree in Education.
Gonzalez began his career employed by Windham Public Schools as the Coordinator for "The Before/After School Program" assigned at the Windham Center elementary schools.
In March 2014, Gonzalez was hired as the Community Outreach Worker for Eastern AHEC, Inc. and currently upholds the title of Language Services Coordinator. Gonzalez is grateful for this opportunity, strives to achieve and to accomplish Eastern AHEC's mission, but most importantly is dedicated to assist the community in learning about Eastern AHEC, Inc.