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Martina Martinez joined Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in 2017. Martina has been an Especialista for four years and has experience with health education at health fairs, schools, and events throughout Santa Barbara County. She began her work as an Especialista by volunteering countless hours to education programs and has since expanded her role to include a prominent position as an Especialista.

Martina’s inspiration comes from her love for education, which she believes is a fundamental aspect of helping the Latino community embrace necessary lifestyle changes for improving the lives of those with diabetes. She is committed to practicing her own healthy lifestyle behaviors in order to set an example for others in the community. For Martina, being an Especialista means putting your heart, soul, and mind into your work.