Aprendamos CEO Selected for Advanced Leadership Program
Aprendamos CEO Selected for Advanced Leadership Program by
the U.S.-México Border Health Commission
Las Cruces, NM – Local leader, Abel Covarrubias, has been selected as one of ten fellows for the Leaders Across Borders Advanced Leadership Development Program. The six-month program is funded by the U.S.-México Border Health Commission and aims to build a binational leadership capacity of public health, healthcare, and other community professionals working to improve the health of communities in the U.S.-México border region.
Those selected for this program have experience living and working in the U.S.-México border region, are committed to working with vulnerable populations, promoting health equity, eliminating health disparities and increasing the quality of life within the region. Participants will receive a better understanding of personal leadership strengths and opportunities, enhanced collaborative leadership and health diplomacy skills, improved understanding of the border region population, health systems, government and non-government institutions.
Abel Covarrubias is a native of New Mexico and received a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education/ Communication Disorders from New Mexico State University. Abel is the Chief Executive Officer for Aprendamos Intervention Team, a program providing early intervention services for children ages birth to three. Aprendamos has a team of 175 working on behalf of infants, toddlers and families in Doña Ana county. He also oversees several other programs, including Esperanza Children’s Therapy Clinic, Mariposa Autism Service Center, Alegria Family Counseling Clinic, Cariño Home Visiting Program, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program, and Conscious Fathering Program of Southern New Mexico.
Abel is actively involved in various boards, including Hearts for Autism, Health Advisory Council, US Bank Community Advisory Board and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. He is a Paul Harris Fellow/Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and received the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Salud Award for his significant and outstanding commitment to improve healthcare in Southern New Mexico. He was also awarded Outstanding Healthcare Professional by the Hispanic Heritage Awards. Aprendamos Intervention Team received the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business of the Year award under his leadership. Abel recently completed the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program, a prestigious fellowship that engages, enriches, and inspires leaders who are dedicated to advancing the health, development, and well-being of infants and toddlers.
Abel is passionate about philanthropy and has completed mission trips to Ecuador and Nicaragua. Abel enjoys running half marathons and spending time with his wife, Monica and three amazing daughters.