Francena Martinez, Human Services Branch Director

Francena Martinez, Human Services Branch Director

Francena has over 20 years of extensive experience working in Health & Human Services. She has held multiple positions in the Health & Human Services Agency and worked in various programs overseeing program, policy, and systems implementation in TulareWORKs, Aging Services and Behavioral Health.  

Francena’s expertise includes project management, policy and procedure implementation and administration, contract management, budget management, and building community partnerships. Her tenure includes her role in leadership as the TulareWORKs Division Manager, and Deputy Director, Mental Health administration in HHSA and as a Health & Human Services Industry Strategist outside of HHSA. Francena holds a degree in Forensic Psychology from Purdue University Global.


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2024 Walk with a Doc Program

2024 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.  

Video: Understanding Self-Neglect for Seniors

Video: Understanding Self-Neglect for Seniors

Did you know that in Tulare County self-neglect is the most common condition reported to our Adult Protective Services program, typically accounting for up to 50% of all investigations? The goal of APS is to maintain the safety, health, and independence of the individual.

Video: June Is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Video: June Is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Older Americans are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. While we celebrate their contributions, it's also necessary to recognize their obstacles, especially when it comes to elder and dependent adult abuse. 

Video: Navigating Medicare Enrollment

Video: Navigating Medicare Enrollment

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (K/T AAA) and HICAP help Medicare consumers with things like benefit coverage, billing, consumer rights, and coordination of parts A, B, C, and D. So, how do you enroll in Medicare? Let us show you!