Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz has proclaimed Wednesday, April 22, 2015, “Margarita A. Chavez Day.” Chavez received her M.S. in community health education from the University of New Mexico in 2013.

In 2014, Chavez was selected as a Graduate Health Fellow, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to advise Congress on health policy issues related to health equity, disparities, education, community health, preventative medicine and minority health, including written material aligned to the legislative process.

As part of her work with Congress as a DaVita Health Graduate Fellow she authored a White Paper to examine the relationship between undiagnosed mental health disorders and youth entering the juvenile justice system including solutions and recommendations.

In accordance with her work, Chavez recently hosted a panel discussion titled “Sobreviviendo la Adolescencia: The Inherent Value of Effective and Culturally Competent Mental Health Screening and Assessment for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.

Chavez is strongly committed to working with New Mexico’s diverse communities in the public and private sectors. Her primary concentrations are public health assessment and advocacy, health promotion, personal safety, traditional western medicine and holistic healthcare.

While a student at UNM, she was named to the National Dean’s List during her Bachelor of University Studies in Community Health and Exercise Science. She also holds the distinction of being placed on the Society of Public Health Education 21st Century Student Scholar Master of Science while earning a Master’s of Science at UNM.

Chavez, a lifelong resident and active South Valley leader, is a very accomplished martial arts instructor, who has instructed the importance of health, and human development through physical activity at the family’s Chavez Martial Arts Academy to hundreds of children, and adults.