Claudia Hartz is a Behavioral Health Patient Navigator at Hawaii Island Community Health Center. She has been a part of Hawaii Island Community Health Center for over nine years; previously known as West Hawaii Community Health Center.
Claudia received her B.A in Transborder Chicano/Latino studies from Arizona State University. Her focus in college was Community Health and Development. She was a research assistant for the Department of Transformative Studies during college. She completed her Master’s in Social Work through the University of Hawai’i Manoa campus. She dedicated her capstone to migrant seasonal agriculture workers in Hawai’i, creating a Migrant Seasonal Agricultural worker toolkit.
Claudia’s responsibilities as a Behavioral Health Patient Navigator is linking the underserved community to resources, helping to identify barriers in their medical and behavioral health care. Claudia is working towards her goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Claudia is a NACHW (National Community Health Worker Association and an advisor for the A.L.O.H.A. Latinos Association on Big Island. On her off time, Claudia enjoys spending time with her family, the local 5K walk/runs, walking on the Ane Keohokalole walking path, dancing with a local Ballet Folkloric group, and Zumba.