Alicia Reyes retired from Harris Health System after 35 years of service. During her tenure with Harris Health, she directed the nationally recognized Community Health Program (now known as Ambulatory Care Services), which comprised 11 community-based health centers that provided primary care services. Reyes significantly impacted Harris County through her dedication to provide healthcare to residents most in need.
Reyes received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dominican College in Houston in 1970 and later received a Master of Science from Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 2002. She began her career as a public health field nurse with the City of Houston Health and Human Services Nursing Division. She was employed with Harris Health in 1970 as the head nurse at Casa De Amigos Health Center. In 1971, she served as program coordinator with United Migrant Opportunity Services, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She returned to Harris Health in 1972, where she diligently served the community for the remainder of her career in various roles, including 27 years as the administrator of the Community Health Program.
In addition to her distinguished career with Harris Health, Reyes served the community through her affiliations with numerous professional and civic organizations. She served as the area health commissioner for the Houston-Galveston Area Council and has served on several boards including the Society of Ambulatory Care Professionals; Chicano Family Center; Sheltering Arms; Houston International University; and Wesley Houston Community Center. Her professional affiliations include the Council on Aging; Community Affiliate; American Society on Aging; the Greater Houston Hospital Council; and the National Association of Community Health Centers.