Maryrose Gonzalez (Ahna-Nai-Pum) has joined Comprehensive Healthcare as their Cultural Competency Liaison. This new position at Comprehensive Healthcare was made possible through the provisions of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Grant. The Cultural Competency Liaison will assist in ensuring behavioral health treatment provided by Comprehensive Healthcare is culturally-appropriate for all diverse communities within Yakima County. This role also focuses on the relationship with, and support of, local tribal communities as behavioral health services expand.
“We are fortunate to have this position filled by Maryrose Gonzalez,” said Jodi Daly, Ph.D., President and CEO, Comprehensive Healthcare. “She will be instrumental in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with local tribe members and community organizations as we work together to resolve issues, and expand the reach of our services.”
Gonzalez is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, grew up on the Yakama Nation Reservation, attended school and graduated from Granger High School, and has lived in the Yakima Valley for most her life. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master of Business Administration. Prior to Comprehensive Healthcare, Gonzalez worked as a tribal court clerk for 17 years before being promoted to children’s court and associate judge, and served as a judge for eight years. She also worked for Legends Casino and the Parent Child Assistance Program as an advocate for mothers on their recovery journey.
“I like helping people; that’s what I liked about working for the courts, and that’s what I’m excited to be able to do here,” said Gonzalez. “Throughout my professional career, I have advocated for the success of people, no matter what obstacles they may be faced with. I am looking forward to and am excited about the chance to contribute to the positivity of my work environment and making a difference in the welfare of our communities.”
Gonzalez currently lives in Toppenish with one of her three daughters. When she is not spending her free time with her family, she volunteers in the Toppenish community and Toppenish School District. Her religious affiliation is with the Seven Drum Religion and she attends activities at Satus Longhouse, but takes great interest in traditions, customs and languages of other peoples. She maintains ties with and is actively involved in Yakama Nation activities when the opportunity arises.