Having grown up in Corpus Christi, Victoria Morales, director of eligibility and enrollment, communications and outreach at Driscoll Health Plan, knows firsthand the importance that health plays in the lives of children and families across South Texas.
In her current role, Morales oversees a team tasked with multiple duties across a 14-county area surrounding Nueces County and a 10-county area in the Rio Grande Valley.
The health plan is a nonprofit, community-based health insurance plan offering health care coverage through Medicaid, CHIP and STAR Kids (Medicaid for children with disabilities), and is affiliated with Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Morales has spent her professional career in health administration roles locally and elsewhere in Texas. She said that no matter where she has been, connecting with the local community has always been important, especially in her current role.
“I have been able to meet key stakeholders and establish strong community partnerships,” she said. “Through these partnerships, we have been able to review community needs assessments [and] obtain community feedback that helps us develop initiatives and projects focused on health education programs, community projects, school-based programs and wellness programs.”
Morales is passionate about Driscoll’s mission, and takes pride in being a hands-on leader within the local community.
“I am blessed to work at an amazing organization who leads by serving its mission: Devoted to expert care, education, outreach and advocacy,” Morales said. “This is the ‘Driscoll Way.’ We are here for the communities of South Texas and we are paving the path to provide innovative and quality care to children, teens, expecting mothers and families.”
Morales also volunteers her time to help support multiple organizations including the Texas State Aquarium Diversity and Inclusion Program and myTeam Triumph: Wings of Texas, while also serving as YWCA Board Secretary. She also was recognized as a CC Under 40 honoree in 2018 and completed the Leadership Corpus Christi Class 50 program this year.
For Morales, ensuring the health and wellness of our South Texas community is why she enjoys her chosen career path.
“My favorite part of my job is to witness a child’s or family’s life positively impacted by the work and care Driscoll provides,” Morales said.