Avein Saaty-Tafoya, the 2014 Changemaker Award recipient, is an inspirational leader with 27 years of healthcare experience in primary care, public health, hospitals and health plans, advocating healthcare equality for all. Her mission is to improve the health of the underserved through the patient experience and by addressing the social determinants of health.
As the CEO of Adelante Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center with eight sites, she oversees delivery of comprehensive primary care services within an accredited patient centered medical home model to over 40,000 patients in the Phoenix area. She opened the first LEED Platinum Certified Community Health Center in the nation in Mesa, AZ in 2012. Her creativity as a fine artist along with her clinical and business skills, give her a unique perspective as an emerging leader and motivated her to complete several Pebble research projects, become EDAC certified, and co-Chair The Center for Health Design's Research Coalition.