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.
Bethany Summers, Program Coordinator I
Bethany Summers is Program Coordinator I at Eastern Connecticut AHEC and currently implements the Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC), Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC), and Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Programs.
Bethany joined Eastern AHEC in September 2013 upon taking a leave from graduate studies in the Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). During this time she was inducted into the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honors Society and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Community Engagement Committee. Bethany became interested and informed in community engagement while completing a year-long assessment of all community engagement activities or partnerships linked with the graduate school at CCSU. She has also enjoyed being part of the Center for Community Engagement at Eastern Connecticut State University as Transportation Coordinator for the during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Bethany has a B.S. in Psychology from the Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT.