Vasconez struggled to find a good job and could not afford to pay for new training. That changed when she found Make the Road New York’s Community Health Worker training program.
Vasconez was drawn to working as a community health worker because it meant she could help other immigrants like herself. She remembers a time when she too had trouble communicating with her children’s doctors.
Vasconez’s community health worker training lasted 12 intensive weeks, where she learned how to guide patients through difficult medical situations. She became a community health worker at Woodhull Medical Center, educating Spanish-speaking patients and their
families about how to manage asthma.
Vasconez says that where you come from cannot be a barrier to what you can accomplish. “I want my daughters to see me as an example that there are no limitations.”