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Dr. Harrison-Monroe’s visionary leadership led to the development of the Banner-University Medicine Whole Health Clinic along with the co-located Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter); a significant contribution to public mental health. She is a leader, mentor, advocate, and bridge-builder for equitable, innovative, and comprehensive services - particularly for youth struggling with serious mental illness. Dr. Harrison-Monroe is a true visionary committed to improving the lives of some of the most under-represented and vulnerable members of our community.
For 12 years, Kelly facilitated the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors, a statewide support and legislative advocacy network for grandparents raising grandchildren. More recently, she brought her leadership to the Strong Start Tucson initiative, advocating for high-quality early childhood education for all families, regardless of income.
In her current role as CEO for the Center for Economic Integrity (CEI), whose mission is to build economically strong communities for all, she took on banning payday lenders from Arizona and won, even when she was outspent 10 to 1.
Kelly has given voice to so many critical concerns impacting workers, consumers, children, and families. Supervisor Elías also cared deeply about these issues and was a close ally and supporter of Kelly.
Jessica Rodriguez is a strong community advocate fighting for the human rights of the immigrant community in Tucson. As DACA recipient, Jessica knows firsthand the struggles of some of Tucson’s most vulnerable populations. Jessica works helping immigrants recover stolen wages and helps fight deportation cases. She is not new to social justice; while attending Pima Community College (PCC) her efforts successfully lead to PCC lowering tuition, to in-state tuition, for DACA recipients.
When COVID-19 first hit in March of 2020, Seva Squad quickly mobilized to gather, create, and donate resources to provide the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Tucson community. They purchased sewing machines, learned to sew, and supplied over 1000 masks to healthcare workers and Tucson community members. They also created face shields and 3D printed the mask holders. Seva Squad provided PPE to Paloma Pediatrics, El Rio Community Health, TMC One, Paloma Medical Center, Summit Healthcare, NW Healthcare, Banner Health, and Catalina Foothills High School.
Seva Squad also offered help to at-risk community members by making grocery and medication runs, providing educational services to kids struggling with online school, and providing catered lunches to healthcare workers. Seva Squad continues to help the Tucson community in their latest efforts to clean up Tucson and provide fresh produce by working with local volunteers with home gardens to grow fresh produce that will be distributed to those in need.
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