Welcoming a New Medical Home Coordinator

We are happy to introduce you to Valerie Mata, MA, who has joined the UCEDD to serve as the Medical Home Coordinator for the Coordinated Primary Care program for youth and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities at the Banner University Medical Center South (BUMCS) Family Medicine Clinic. She will also be helping with the medical student interest group, MedCats for Developmental Medicine, and with the BUMCS Family Medicine residency curriculum in disability.

Valerie attended college in Silver City, New Mexico where she earned a B.S in Forestry and Wildlife, and a M.A in Special Education. She taught in Special Education for 18 years at Tucson and Sunnyside Unified School Districts. The majority of her career was spent in a cross-categorical special education classroom ages 3-5 years. Not surprisingly for someone who also spent three years as a wildland firefighter, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and being outdoors in her spare time.

“Although I have changed careers from teaching, I feel a strong desire to continue to serve individuals with disabilities,” Valerie said. As the Medical Home Coordinator at the UCEDD, she will provide case management for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Valerie is excited to bring her experience and passion to this new focus, and we are excited to have her as part of the UCEDD team.