Helen Arteaga is the Director of Plaza del Sol Family Health Center, a division of Urban Health Plan, Inc. Ms. Arteaga grew up in Corona, Queens. Following the death of her community activist father, she set out to build a health center that would provide quality health care to the residents of her beloved Corona. Working with Our Lady of Sorrows Church and other community leaders, she sought out Paloma Hernandez, the President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, Inc., to make her dream a reality. Together, they opened Plaza del Sol Family Health Center in June of 2009. Currently, Plaza Del Sol provides care to more than 17,000 patients with more than 63,000 visits annually.
Ms Arteaga received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She was a White House Fellow in 1998 during the Clinton Administration and completed a fellowship with the National Hispana Leadership Institute in September 2010. In March 2016, she was appointed to the NYC Health + Hospitals Board of Directors. Helen also serves on Community Board #4 in Queens and others, including the Neighborhood Housing Board and Our Lady of Sorrows School for the past nine years. In 2011 she was one of 31 women selected by the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues to be featured in “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen,” a series highlighting women who made a difference in their communities. She also received the Community Impact Award, Humanitarian Award, and City of New York American Dreamer Award.