Belci Encinosa is a lifelong advocate for women and children with more than 25 years of experience working with diverse communities in the non-profit and for-profit areas. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida and completed her master’s degree in social work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. 

She is the Director of Community Health Initiatives at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County. In addition to working in preventive services, her clinical experience as a psychotherapist equips her to help children and families overcome challenges. As a respected community leader, she chaired the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition and Access to Care Coalition and served on other advisory boards. She is a member of the Community Action Group of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team and is the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board.   

Belci is an experienced public speaker and trainer on topics including Cultural Competency, Bridges out of Poverty, Medical Interpreters Training, The Incredible Years, Reflective Practices 39-Weeks is Worth the Wait, Maternal Mental Health, and Access to Health Care. 

In the last 18 years with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, Belci has been essential in the inception of new programs that benefit the community at large and has been recognized for her work. She is the recipient of the Light House Special Award from the Health Council of Southeast Florida for going above and beyond in helping individuals and families navigate various health and human service systems. In addition, she received the Esperanza Award “Hispanic Women Making a Difference” from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County to honor her exceptional achievement and influence in the county. 

As a fan of the outdoors, she loves snorkeling, marveling at the beauty of botanical gardens, and hiking with her husband and three children. 

“The FAU School of Social Work provided me with quality training and knowledge that have helped me advance in my professional life. I was challenged to practice critical thinking, which is crucial in everyday life. I formed long-lasting relationships with other social workers who graduated with me in the BSW and MSW programs. I hope to advance the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves, especially women and children. Don't ever give up in the midst of turbulence. One can make a difference even if it is to one person.”

Belci Encinosa, B.S.W. ’05, M.S.W. ’08