Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona

tree logo whiWOMEN’S HEALTH INNOVATIONS of Arizona (WHI) serves women, their children and families using comprehensive, collaborative and community-based care that integrates behavioral and physical health services to treat substance use and mental health disorders.

Our services address the emotional and physical wellness of women across a lifespan.  We specialize in serving women involved in the child welfare and justice systems, pregnant women with substance use and mental health disorders, and families experiencing hardship.  Our comprehensive approach focuses on women’s relationships and social supports, perinatal mood disorders, trauma, recovery and relapse prevention, parenting, vocational training, life skills development, housing, and transportation.

WHI develops and operates programs that assist women lack the skills to cope with trauma; obtain gainful employment; meet the needs of their children; avoid involvement with the criminal justice system; maintain adequate, safe and affordable housing; manage or reduce the risk of physical health problems, and overcome the barriers that prevent them from becoming thriving members of their families and community.

WHI understands that women heal through connection, not isolation; therefore, their services are based on a biopsychosocial treatment and recovery model, augmented by a relational/cultural approach that focuses on the centrality of relationships in women’s lives.  Gender-responsive treatment is based on respect, caring, and compassion and is directed to address the unique needs of women in treatment.

Vision:

Women develop and strengthen growth-fostering connections that lead to improved emotional and physical well-being.

  • Believe: Believe women can overcome whatever barriers or challenges they face.
  • Build: Build strong connections and communities where women acquire the skills and support needed to accomplish their goals.
  • Brighten: Brighten the futures of Arizona’s women, children, families and communities.

 Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona is an Arizona Non-Profit Corporation and is a sponsored project of the Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona (TAPAZ).  Donations are tax deductible.

Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona website: www.women4womenaz.com

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Advisory Committee and Board

Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona is currently seeking interested community members to serve on our Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.  Please contact Kimberly Craig at kimberlycraig@hotmail.com to learn more.

Current Board Members and Advisory Committee:

Michelle Lacy, Owner

Rhonda Oliver, CEO HandsOn Phoenix

Kimberly Craig, CEO, Women’s Health Innovations

Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, Director of Public Outreach Maricopa Community College

Karen Kurtz, Consultant 

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Michelle Lacy, East Valley Maternal Wellness

Michelle Lacy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She is a founding member and served as Vice President of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition, a 501c3 organization dedicated to providing best practices to perinatal women and their families. Michelle is also a co-creator of Arizona’s two day continuing education course, “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Assessment and Treatment”.  Michelle received her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling and has been practicing since 1995.Michelle has been a member of Postpartum Support International serving as state coordinator in the past. She has been the recipient of the “Jane Honikman” award for outstanding service to perinatal women and their families. Michelle’s passion is to support and encourage women as they move through life transitions and manage struggles with their mood while using best practice in treatment. She has extensive training in treating trauma and is EMDR trained.
Michelle is a co-author of “Mind-Body-Soul Sisters: A Journey to Authentic, Christ-Centered Friendships”.  Michelle is founding member of the Mind, Body, and Soul Sister Ministry. The mission of the ministry is to empower women to trust God as they open their hearts and share their souls while growing in relationship with one another.

Rhonda Oliver, President /CEO HandsOn Greater Phoenix

Rhonda is the President / CEO of HandsOn Greater Phoenix, an organization that for the last  eighteen years, has been  mentoring children, revitalizing neighborhoods, providing meals to the homeless, supporting seniors, caring for animals and protecting our environment. HandsOn’s volunteer projects are held in conjunction with pre-screened community service organizations, neighborhood associations and under-resourced schools. Rhonda has CEO of oversees program operations and  the HandsOn Greater Phoenix staff and leaders as they maintain more than 18,000 volunteers annually and hosts over 60 volunteer projects each month. 

Kimberly Craig, President / CEO Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona

Kimberly is the CEO, Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona. Kimberly joins WHI having operated a best practice programs for women with substance use and mental health disorders for the past 17 years. Most recently she operated a program in the East Valley that specialized in serving pregnant and parenting women who were homeless, involved in the justice system and in many cases also involved with the Department of Child Safety. Kimberly’s expertise includes program development and design, public relations, program expansion as well as the development of supportive housing programs for substance abusing women and their children. Kimberly’s work with women who have substance use  disorders has received national recognition with her work to develop supportive housing programs having been highlighted recently in national publications for using innovative approaches to address the complex needs of women in the community.  Kimberly has additionally be recognized for her leadership in women’s addiction services on a national level with the distinguished selection to be one of 17 women in the United States to participate in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administrations (SAMHSA’S) Women’s Addictions Services Leadership Institute ( WASLI) in 2011. In 2015, she was again asked to return to WASLI to serve as a coach and mentor to future women leaders in the field.   Kimberly served as an Executive cabinet member for the March of Dimes March for Babies Walk, Phoenix Chapter in 2013 – 2015.

Advisory:

Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, Director of Public Outreach

Maricopa Community Colleges 

Deanna have 20+ experience in Education, Community Relations and Outreach for public institutions and nonprofits in addition to extensive experience in facilitation and training for large and small groups related to strategic planning and project management.
Deanna currently serves as the Director of Public outreach for Maricopa County Colleges with previous experience with Mesa Public SchoolsCommunity Liaison and City of MesaNeighborhood Outreach Coordinator . Deanna is active in the community with volunteer and Board experience with New Leaf, United Food Bank, Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens Board Chair and Mesa United Way Board of Directors.

Her education includes Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and Masters in Public Administration with ASU.  Additionally Deanna has received numerous awards and honors to include; 2014 Mesa United Way Employee Campaign Leader of the Year

2012 Profiles of Success Exemplary Leadership Award, 2010 YWCA Maricopa County Education Leader, 2008 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Honoree, 2007 Latina Excellence Award in Leadership, 2005ASU College of Extended Education Alumni Achievement Award and in  2003 City of Mesa Spirit of Unity Community Leader Honoree

Karen Kurtz

Karen Kurtz owns an independent Consulting Service which she has operated since 2001. Her primary purpose and service is to assist  Assist government and non-profit organizations in achieving their goals through facilitation, mediation, organizational consulting, and writing Karen has assisted numerous nonprofits in the Valley and often serves as  project manager for major projects such as  Child Crisis Center’s new Family Resource Center , a new nursery for Community Bridges, Inc. Women’s and Children’s Programs and the development of permanent supportive housing programs in Mesa which involved the acquisition and rehab of properties for low income families. Karen has additionally assisted local coalition in the planning process such as Northeast Valley Coalition against Methamphetamine from its inception in 2006 through 2008. In this role assisted in the development of strategic plan using the strategic prevention framework planning model with a focus on finding environmental prevention strategies to address the impacts of methamphetamine on coalition communities. Prior to opening her own consulting business she worked with the City of Mesa Community Revitalization Division as a Human Services Coordinator from 1994 to 2001. Karen has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.