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Medical Assistant

Salah has over three decades of experience in the medical field. He earned a degree in Medical Sciences from University of Algiers and a certificate in Research/Clinical Trails Design and Management from University of California, Santa Cruz Extension Program. ​

    After four years spent at Stanford’s Oncology Clinic, Salah joined Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 2002 working at GI Clinic, Radiation Therapy, and now Ambulatory Health Education Department. He enjoys spending time with family, hiking, traveling, watching plays and sports games (soccer and track & field). He also like political debates, French literature, arts and music, and other cultures. Salah speaks four languages.




    Health Education Specialist 

    Brenda joined AHED in 2019 as a bilingual instructor for the Healthier Living Program.  She brings health education experience with her that began in 2003 teaching Spanish language nutrition education classes to underserved Latinx communities in Fresno County through the University of California Cooperative Extension.  She expanded her public health experience with the Fresno County Public Health Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program by working with rural farm worker communities in the Central Valley region and assisting in creating PSE through collaboration projects such as a Walking School Bus and community gardens. 

      Brenda received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from California State University, Fresno. In 2022, Brenda received her Master of Public Health degree from San José State University.  Brenda developed and currently coordinates the Renal Care Education Program.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and cat Océ.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to music.


      QUYNH-ANH (Annie) Vu

      Health Education Specialist (Extra-Help)

      Annie joined the Ambulatory Health Education Department (AHED) in 2019. She leads the Literacy Program and is a certified facilitator of the Healthier Living Program. In her public health journey, Annie has traveled on mobile vision care clinics as a translator, led classroom adventures for families with children ages 0-5, and facilitated diverse conversations with those who are affected by chronic health conditions. Throughout her adventures, she aspires to not only empower others with health-wise knowledge, but to also learn their story.

        A lifelong scholar of biology and the humanities, Annie holds a Master of Public Health from San José State University and a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. In her free time, Annie enjoys going on long walks with her family, writing poetry and short stories, and watching sunsets.


        eden torres

        Health Education Specialist (Extra-Help)

        Eden joined the Ambulatory Health Education Department (AHED) in 2021. She received her Bachelor’s degree (BS) in Health Science and minor in Human Rights from San Jose State University. After obtaining her degree, she gained a wide range of experience working in the community health sector working as a health educator and as an electronic health records specialist. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with underserved communities. Eden aspires to empower people to make educated decisions about their health through reliable health education. As a member of the AHED team, she works primarily with the Healthier Living program, Wellness classes, and Yoga classes.

          Outside of work, Eden spends most of her time at Evergreen Community College working to complete the prerequisites needed to apply to a nursing program. Her future goal is to continue serving her community as a Public Health Nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, bowling, and relaxing at home.

          Yuliana Martinez

          yuliana martinez, rn

          Clinical Nurse (Extra-Help)

          Yuliana has worked as a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist for 10 years. She recently joined the Ambulatory Health Education Department and is excited for this new journey. Her goal is to deliver efficient and effective services to our prenatal classes’ patients.

            She is fluent in Spanish and received her Nursing degree from Evergreen Valley College in 2018. When not at work or school, Yuliana loves to spend her time with her family, either at the park watching her son play soccer, with her daughter in gymnastics, or just relaxing at home. Family is very important to her.​



            Clinical Nurse (Extra-Help)

            Daniela joined the Ambulatory Health Education Department in 2021 as Prenatal RN Educator in the Maternal Health and Baby Education program. As a public health nurse, Daniela’s work is focused on building access and equity for all patients, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous women in the birthing community to improve maternal and infant outcomes as well as provide prenatal education and services rooted in reproductive justice.

              Daniela received her Masters in Science in Nursing and Master in Public Health degrees from the University of San Francisco in 2017, where she worked with primarily Spanish speaking populations during her academic programs and nursing career. She has worked at San Francisco General Hospital providing support, education, and health coaching to birthing women through the STAR-MAMA program at UCSF which supported the Baby-Friendly initiative. She brings with her OB/GYN experience, is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is a lactation educator counselor in the process of becoming an IBCLC. She is also active in the community doing outreach with the Latinx community, mentors nursing students and works on various committees with national nursing organizations to advocate for just, antiracist and ethical health and nursing policies. In her free time, she likes to spend time at the park with her dog, taking care of her growing plant collection and spending time with her family.​


              CARMEN GILMAN

              Health Education Associate (Extra-Help)

              Carmen joined Ambulatory Health Education Department (AHED) in 2018 as a Health Educator. Her passion to convey information that will impact people’s health changes, led her to get certified as facilitator in the Healthier Living Program.

                She holds a Teaching Credential and a Bachelor’ s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from San José State University. She has twenty years of experience from working in school settings and non-profit organizations. As a bilingual Health Educator, she has taught numerous nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits classes, for families in diverse communities of Santa Clara County. She enjoys the outdoors, art, and exercising.

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