Alexander Fajardo brings over 12 years’ experience in community empowerment and has demonstrated a passion for building the capacity of individuals and organizations to improve health outcomes. Mr. Fajardo holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has a track record of designing and implementing successful community-based programs targeting individual, family, and community change through health education and outreach programs, using the Community Health Worker model.
Through this model, a powerful transference of positive community change results: families become healthier and more stable; neighborhoods become revitalized by increased collaboration, health, and opportunity; and communities are healed and renewed through positive action, a solidified identity, and an increased sense of hope. As a result of this passion and vision, Alex created the Community Health Worker Academy, in partnership with Loma Linda University and El Sol Community Health Worker Training Center. Mr Fajardo has developed a vast of basic training and includes topics such as adult and informal learning approaches, care coordination and case management, conflict resolution, leadership, health care and health policy, child welfare policy, ethical practice, community advocacy, among other topics.
Mr. Fajardo has served as Executive Director of El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center since March 2003.Through his leadership, Mr. Alex led El Sol through strategic planning and sustainability planning which has resulted in unprecedented organizational growth and has garnered the reputation of being the premier Community Health Worker organization in the Inland Empire and be recognized as a Leader on the CHWs world. In 2012 El Sol received the nonprofit organizational excellence award from the Community Connects’ Nonprofit Resource Center.
Alex is bilingual and an experienced leader, consultant, and active member of the community, having created and implemented several programs serving under-served communities, with a primary focus on Latino/Hispanic communities. Alex has facilitated CHWs trainings with the African American, Native American and Asian Pacific Islander Population; he has trained agencies across the United States; Mexico and Japan on Community Health Workers Philosophy and he has presented at Local, State and National conferences.
In 2011, Mr. Fajardo was elected as President of the Latino Coalition in the County of San Bernardino; and he had received the Cultural Competency Excellence Award for his cultural competence skills at an individual, community, and organizational level by the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health in 2013.