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(October 14, 2021) – San Miguel County, CO --- San Miguel County Public Health is excited to welcome two new team members including Contact Tracing Supervisor Hannah Max and Community Outreach Specialist Andres Jacinto.
As Contact Tracing Supervisor, Hannah Max will lead the contact tracing team as the pandemic continues. She will oversee efforts to ensure all county residents diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 receive accurate and helpful direction, access to available resources and assistance protecting their household, friends, coworkers, and community from additional spread. Max will lead hiring and training efforts, maintain continuity with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol for reporting and best practices, and ensure a strategy which protects the health of San Miguel County residents and visitors alike. “I am excited to join the incredible team at Public Health. More specifically, I am eager to serve our county and our community,” said Max. “I look forward to using the data we are collecting and the stories we are hearing to ensure our contact tracing program effectively protects our citizens. I think that we are in a unique position to be on the front lines of helping each person gain the information and resources needed to make decisions about their health.”Max has lived in Telluride since August of last year with her wife, dog and two cats but has been coming to the area for 16 years. With five years working in technology under her belt, her most recent work was with a data science company focused on clinical trials. Her hope is to bring a unique combination of skills, embracing the innately human aspects while tying in data and science, to her work. As Community Outreach Specialist, Andres Jacinto will work to connect the county’s diverse communities to better address needs and challenges when it comes to health and wellness. In this role, Jacinto will work to promote opportunities and resources for the Latinx communities to empower better care for each person’s overall health. “Public Health workers have been critical to keeping our community healthy and safe, especially during difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jacinto. “I’m excited to serve my community in this role, especially because I have the extraordinary opportunity to help and contribute to people’s health and well-being beyond the pandemic.”Jacinto has lived in Telluride for 18 years with his wife and 12-year-old son. Being fluent in Spanish, Mayan Chuj and English, he has previously served the Latinx community as a contact tracer and navigator at COVID vaccine clinics throughout the last year. With his varied personal and professional experiences, Jacinto is uniquely primed to understand people’s needs and provide resources and information to encourage the health and safety of community members.“Access to health resources and services is a primary goal of the county’s Public Health Department,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “Thanks to both Hannah and Andres, we can continue providing equitable, transparent and informational services to every resident in the county throughout the pandemic and beyond.”