|Health Educator & Community Outreach Specialist
Location: Tempe, AZ
Ariel Tarango is a Health Educator and Community Outreach Specialist for the Arizona Center for Rural Health. Ariel works with Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, which develop programs to engage in a proactive and resilient community. She also operates under the SAMHSA First Responders Initiative to help educate and train first responders about naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug. Ariel has been a licensed and Certified Assister since 2015, assisting Arizonans in understanding and enrolling in health insurance. In 2015, Ariel earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Northern Arizona University.
Ariel is originally from Eloy, Arizona and it was there where she identified her passion and skill set for public health. Being from a rural and underserved community has allowed her to understand local community health needs and create health focused interventions. It also taught her how to best support those small neighborhood communities to overcome adversity and to improve health and wellness. Ariel interned at Sun Life Family Health Center and became skilled in population health promotion to prevent disease and improve health outcomes. This experience allowed her a unique insight to implement community based public health interventions and programs. Ariel is committed to serving Arizona families and advocating for health equity and equality.