Committed to the Cause
Maria Ulloa Otero
Maria D. Ulloa Otero is an immigrant, community leader, public health educator and grassroots activist who has dedicated her more than 23 years as a health professional to social justice and dismantling oppression, empowering communities to have a voice in their health and healthcare. She co-founded Nuestra Salud, a community-based organization whose mission is to reduce health disparities affecting Hispanic communities in New Mexico through research, training and outreach. Since 2017 she has served as executive director for the New Mexico Community Health Worker Association, which houses Nuestra Salud. Maria works with minority populations on maternal child health, reproductive rights, tobacco-use prevention, chronic disease risk factors and end-of-life options. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and lay media. She has provided numerous media interviews and presentations, in English and Spanish, and received national and international awards for her professional accomplishments. Maria earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University.