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Amanda Bach-Schabert


Health Education Specialist (Extra-Help)

Amanda is new to the Ambulatory Health Education Department as a Health Education Specialist in Healthier Living and Tobacco-Free Programs. She received her degrees at Columbia Business School, San Jose State University, and others. She is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at Lincoln Law School. She has been a blood-donor Ambassador and a Disaster Service Volunteer at American Red Cross Northern California since 2005; where she gained experience in helping others, training, teaching, deployment, and giving back to the community.

    As an immigrant, Amanda is bilingual in English and Vietnamese which allows her to truly facilitate the needs in our community. Prior joining us, she worked at Covid-19 Mobile Vaccine Unit with Santa Clara County Public Health Department where she led the Outreach Team helping our county reach unimaginable goals collectively. She has a strong passion for working with at-risk communities and consistently engages marginalized populations.
    As a food blogger/writer, her passion for food has taken her around the world. Besides volunteering and advocating for the underserved community in her free time, she loves cooking for her husband, her dog Nugget, family, and friends. Amanda also enjoys painting, traveling, and nature.

    Esther Wilson-Arias


    Health Education Specialist (Extra-Help)

    Esther joined Ambulatory Health Education Department in 2022. She leads the Advance Care Directive Initiative program. She brings with her over 15 years of experience as a health educator, social worker, and counselor.  She began her work at Stanford School of Medicine, Older Adult and Family Center under the tutelage of Dolores Gallagher Thompson, Ph.D.  helped to develop and implement culturally diverse interventions to improve the lives of people caring for family members living with dementia and memory loss. 

      She eventually moved to Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Association where she worked as a Latino Outreach Coordinator where she pioneered culturally appropriate interventions, brochures, newsletters, and community symposiums for Latinos caregivers.   She developed the first Spanish speaking early-stage program for Latinos living with dementia in the United States.  

      Roopali Shinde


      Health Education Specialist (Extra-Help)

      Roopali joined the Ambulatory Health Education Department in 2022 as a Health Education Specialist and is excited for her new role. She brings with her over 8 years of experience in the field of Public Health. Prior to this, she worked with Delivery System Reform Incentive program, a Healthcare Quality program in New York State. She has experience in Global research as well as in Health Education and Promotion. She has Master of Public Health from Long Island University, Brooklyn and Bachelor of Dental Surgery from India. She works with our Healthy Living Program team and teaches her classes in Hindi and English.

        Roopali is enjoying California’s warm weather after she moved from New York. She loves to paint in her free time and enjoy spending time her cat.

        Lizzy Arenas


        Health Education Associate (Extra-Help)

        Lizzy is new to the Ambulatory Health Education Department as a Prenatal Health Educator in the Maternal Health and Baby Education program. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology from San Francisco State University and is currently a pre-nursing student. She volunteered at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for four years, where she gained experience in the NICU, Labor & Delivery, and Pediatric departments. Lizzy is also bilingual in English and Spanish, which allows her to help all the different needs in our community. She is passionate about helping people, strengthening her community, and bridging the health gap in underserved areas. 

          Lizzy loves spending time with her family, especially her nephews and niece. Her two dogs, Woody and Ramona, are also a big part of her life. She enjoys going on hikes, going to the movies, and drawing. 

          Michelle Lam

          MICHELLE LAM

          Health Education Specialist (Extra-Help)

          Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and minor in Education at the University of California, Irvine. After obtaining her degree, she gained a wide range of experience working in the health sector. She previously worked at a clinic, nursing home, non-profit and hospital. Prior to joining our department, Michelle worked in tobacco control where she worked with stakeholders, community partners, and policy makers to implement policies to protect residents from secondhand smoke and restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products. Being a health educator was entangled in her role.

            She is currently attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to obtain her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Leadership in Practice. Michelle is also working at Stanford Health Care as a Clinical Data Analyst on the Solid Organ Transplant programs. During her free time, she enjoys trying new foods and going to the gym.​

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