Firestarter Spotlight - Suleyma Barajas

Join us in congratulating Suleyma Barajas on her most recent Firestarter Award!

Suleyma's career journey is quite impressive. With nine years of experience, Suleyma has demonstrated herself to be a highly valuable asset to the organization. She began as a WIC Receptionist, and with her persistent determination and hard work, she obtained her WIC and breastfeeding certifications.

Now, Suleyma is a vital member of the MSS (Maternity Support Services) program and has been doing an excellent job managing her caseload. She is also a certified Car Seat Technician and has received training as a childbirth educator.

We are fortunate to have such a committed and resourceful professional on our team.

Congrats Suleyma!

Learn more about Suleyma:

When did you start at CBHA?
I started working at CBHA on February 17, 2014.

What is your job title and day-to-day responsibilities?
I am a Maternity Support Services, Community Health Worker (CHW). As a CHW, my daily responsibility includes providing prenatal education and screening patients for high-risk factors to follow up with. I wear many hats here at CBHA, like being a car seat technician, breastfeeding counselor, childbirth educator, and public notary. I follow up with patients enrolled in the MSS Program for prenatal care education and link them to resources, which include access to transportation, specialist appointments, DSHS forms, facilitating and coordinating Dental Care, Eye Care, Medical appointments, and other resources depending on my patient’s needs.

What is your favorite thing about working at CBHA?
My favorite thing about working at CBHA is our mission to provide equal access to quality health care to all persons regardless of age, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, or the ability to pay. The support we provide for the community and prioritizing patient’s needs.

How has CBHA helped you grow in your career?
I started working as a WIC Certifier, then moved into the Maternity Support Services program. CBHA has helped me grow in my career by providing training. CBHA has a program called “Ed Bucks,” which has allowed me to further my education. I will be graduating from Grand Canyon University in December 2024 with a Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology, thanks to CBHA's support and encouragement.

What has been your favorite project at work so far?
Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas Toy Drive are my favorite projects. Providing this support to our patients, especially in the winter when our families struggle the most, financially and emotionally, is amazing to be a part of.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If I could have one superpower, it would be Teleportation.

How do you turn a bad day into a good one?
I turn bad days into good days by listening to music, praying, and thinking positively.

What did you dream of becoming when you were a kid?
My dream job when I was a kid was working in law enforcement.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
My favorite place to travel would be anywhere with an ocean.

If you could be any Disney Character which one would you be?
If I could be any Disney Character, it would be Cinderella. She’s my favorite.

Anyone you would like to thank or final words?
I would like to thank CBHA for the opportunity to be part of this amazing company. My supervisor, Martha Mabry, our program director, Shannon Walker, and all of my Family Support Services Department co-workers. Each and every one of us make a difference in our patient’s lives, and I’m grateful to be part of it.