Flora R. Martinez came to the United States from Mexico in 1941. Seeking a better life for herself and her children, she worked for many years as a field worker and spoke limited English. It was during this time that she saw the importance of child care, housing and healthcare. She began helping women from migrant camps with interpretation and addressing their basic health care needs. Flora decided to focus on her education and learning English so she could be of more assistance to her community. In 1962, she became a U.S. Citizen.
A founder of Golden Valley Health Centers, Flora served on its Board of Directors for 43 years from 1971 until her passing in 2014. Through this leadership position, Flora admired the work of nurses and recognized the critical role they play in the delivery of quality healthcare services.
We are proud to honor Flora’s legacy through this annual scholarship in hopes that those from the San Joaquin Valley will join the nursing workforce to carry on her core ideals: effectively promote access to healthcare for all people, advocate for Community Health Centers, and carry on meeting the direct healthcare needs of the underserved in our community.