Rep. Alma Hernández
Representative Alma Hernández (AZ-3) was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She has a Bachelor of Science in Care Health and Society from The University of Arizona, along with a minor in Public Health. She earned her Masters in Public Health also at the University of Arizona and has further Public Health training from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She works in healthcare consulting and is a part-time faculty at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation for the Healthcare Policy and Innovation course.
Alma represents Tucson's Third District in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she serves on the Health and Human Services and the Federal Relations committees. She is the Vice-Chair of NHCSL's Healthcare Task Force.
As a part of her humanitarian work as a Public Health professional, Alma traveled to developing countries, including Ghana and Panama, where she helped provide medical and public health services through free clinics. At home in Tucson, she worked with Powersource Tucson as the program coordinator of Bridging the Gap, a program that helps women living with HIV/AIDS. She led Arizonans United for Healthcare working to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Care Act being a voice for the underserved, uninsured, and underrepresented.
She is a board member at Jewish Family Children’s Services of Southern Arizona and was recently named among the top 50 most influential Jews in the country.
Alma has received the following awards for her work on healthcare policy and advocacy as a legislator:
- Walk the Talk ward from Arizona Medical Association for her efforts on Vaccinations.
- The Realtor Party Champion from the Arizona Association of Realtors.
- Tech Ten Legislator from the Arizona Technology Council for her work on Association Health Plans, which now allows associations to offer health care to its employees at a reasonable price.