Bonnie Benjamin has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston State College and an associate degree in Registered Nursing from Central New Mexico Community College. Most of her health experience has been in the public and community arenas. Bonnie most recently worked for 10 years as health educator and tuberculosis screener for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Stout Street Clinic. She taught nutrition and healthy lifestyle, diabetes management, high blood pressure prevention and management, tobacco cessation, breast and cervical health, family planning, hepatitis C prevention and treatment, stress management, and behavioral change skills. She worked for five years in sexually transmitted infection, immunization, and epidemiology outbreak management at the Stanford Public Health Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also worked at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, and in Labor and Delivery/Postpartum at Shiprock Indian Health Center.
Bonnie’s other significant experience is in journalism. She spent six years as a general assignment reporter for Evergreen Newspapers in Colorado and freelanced outdoor/recreation and health articles for the Albuquerque Journal.
Providing clear, accurate, practical health information, as well as helping individuals build the skills needed for making and maintaining chosen behavioral changes, is very important to her.