Name/Title: Barbara Mason, vice president of home and community-based services
Business name: Sun Health, 14719 W. Grand Ave., sunHealth.org, 623-471-9355
Communities served: Valleywide (Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, Glendale, Wickenburg, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix)
What I do: Management and oversight of operations for Sun Health Wellness programs including Community Education, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Sun Health At Home, Memory Care Navigator and Care Transitions.
What I love most about working at Sun Health: I’m delighted every day for the opportunity to work with many exceptional, caring, and compassionate teams and join with them to empower longer, healthier, more purposeful lives in our community.
Favorite community cause and why: Sun Health Foundation’s fourth annual 5K for Women’s Health, on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Surprise Stadium, a great day of wellness that benefits Sun Health’s diabetes prevention education and management programs. This cause has special meaning for me both personally and professionally.
Why the 5K’s diabetes education cause is especially meaningful: Nearly every female on my family’s maternal side has been diagnosed with diabetes after the age of 50. My mother died of diabetes complications, and now I’m living with this diagnosis.
Why it’s important to support diabetes prevention and management programs: Diabetes is a serious health concern for women. Did you know that nearly one in every nine adult women is living with diabetes and that a diabetes diagnosis raises women’s risk of heart disease four times? Sun Health’s classes can keep the women in our lives informed about how to prevent and/or manage their diabetes.
My background: I’ve worked in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years – in roles that include sales and marketing, management, administration. I’m also a licensed clinician and counselor.
People who inspire me: Those who take charge of their chronic health conditions and work so hard to maintain or improve their health. My mom fought hard and was the greatest woman born ... and my best friend.
My guiding philosophy: To believe in yourself but know there is something greater than yourself that you can believe in.
Interests and hobbies: Theater, music, and anything that involves being with my husband.
Favorite wellness tip: Everything in moderation.
Join her to walk or run at the 5K for Women’s Health and make an impact.
To register, visit SunHealthFoundation.org/5K.