Director of Health Equity, American Cancer Society
Esparza is responsible for providing leadership in strategic decision-making to position the Society as a prominent leader in advancing health equity. She also facilitates the integration and operationalization of evidence-based strategies and leverages organizational assets, communications, and resources across the organization to measurably improve and eliminate health disparities.
Prior to her current position, Esparza was the director of the American Cancer Society patient navigator program. At that time her focus was devoted to creating the framework and structure to help establishing and implement the ACS Patient Navigator Program nationwide. Prior to joining the Society, Esparza worked at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Center of Research on Minority Health, where she focused on community-based interventions to improve the health of diverse populations in Houston.
Ms. Esparza received her Bachelor of Arts degree (psychology/anthropology) from the University Of Houston and her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. She received her Master's of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has completed the prestigious "Emerging Leaders in Public Health" fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Public Health and has been recognized for her work in health disparities and community health.