Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Nursing, Dr. Martinez Rogers was the school’s first full-time tenured Latina professor.
A nationally recognized clinical educator, Dr. Martinez Rogers established the International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty and Juntos Podemos (Together We Can), a peer mentoring program that increases nursing student retention and graduation rates, especially among first-generation graduates.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office appointed her as a founding Commissioner of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission program, which examines care access and other issues.
Dr. Martinez Rodgers, a native of San Antonio, Texas, grew up in one of the first U.S. public housing projects. She was a first-generation college graduate and completed two master’s degrees, a PhD, and two postdoctoral fellowships.
On October 28, 2022, she will be named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing