Adelante Healthcare was my first Picturing Maricopa project through the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Adelante Healthcare is a medical organization that primarily services outlying or medically under-served areas of Maricopa County.

After a fact-finding meeting with the organizations CEO Avein Saaty-Tafoya and Administration Manager Jesse O. Garcia, I proposed a shoot list.

The list was comprised of live coverage of doctors working with patients and two family profiles who benefits from Adelante Healthcare services.

I was given great access everywhere I went and was able to photograph real moments that revealed professionalism, quality care and above all the people who benefit from Adelante Healthcare services.

To better illustrate the “real people” visual I requested Adelante Physicians to think about two families I could ask to visit at home.

One family was from Gila Bend, AZ.. Andrea Perez, baby boy Esteban her husband Daniel and two sons Daniel Jr. and Adrian.

They’re a young couple with three young children. All three children were delivered by the same Adelante Healthcare Dr. Rafael Mendoza Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Adelante, Women’s Center.

The second family was from Surprise, AZ. Karolina Leszczynski’s first born was a set of twin girls who are currently extremely mentally and physically disabled. I wanted to show how
important it is to have quality healthcare for this family who children have extreme needs.

I also visited three stand alone facilities, the Buckeye Family Care Center, the Sun City Women’s Center and in Surprise the Tidwell Family Care Center.

The project was funded by the Viginia G. Piper Charitable Trust / Picturing Maricopa 2009.

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