Department: Global Health, 2015
Undergraduate studies: Lewis & Clark College, Biology
Health Organization for Latin America, Rollins School of Public Health, Co-President: focused on domestic and international engagement with Latino communities, coordinated among a seven-member student executive board, student government representatives, and faculty advisors to facilitate fundraising, community volunteering, student internship opportunities, and student recruitment.
Dr. Juan Leon Research Group, Rollins School of Public Health, Rotavirus Team Leader: organizes and manages the rotavirus research team, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. Our work focuses on nutrition, immunology, and rotavirus vaccination among infants in Bolivia.
Let’s Get Healthy!, Oregon Health & Science University, Program Coordinator: Organized traveling health education and research exhibit that occasionally visited rural populations in Oregon/Washington with a sizable Latino population. Coordinated volunteers and logistics for health fair events, collected anonymous data for cross-sectional research on health behaviors and chronic disease. Also participated in three summer internships in basic science and applied science.
Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Centro de Atención Integral para Adolescentes, Hospital Municipal Modelo Corea, Hospital Materno Infantil Los Andes, Rollins School of Public Health (Bolivia): As a Global Field Experience intern, engaged in three simultaneous projects: i) developing maternal and infant nutrition education workshops for mothers, ii) conducting an assessment of needs, resources, and opportunities with regards to maternal-infant nutritional services at two secondary care hospitals, and iii) facilitating public health and epidemiology workshops with local university students.
St. Francis Health Care Services (Uganda), Social Support Intern: Coordinated efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health education and computer literacy amongst local teenagers. “I have spent a total of one year (on three separate occasions) living, studying, and volunteering in East Africa. These initiatives included the establishment of a computer education program for youth so that they could develop tools for self-education about health.”
“My goal is to play a leadership role in a community-based NGO focused on maternal and child nutrition and infectious disease prevention. Whether I am based in the US or abroad, I am passionate about working with marginalized communities (including, but not limited to, Latino communities) to facilitate community-driven approaches to improve health.”
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health? “During secondary school and college I took six semesters of Spanish, developing a fondness for the language and an interest in Latino culture both domestically and abroad. At Let’s Get Healthy! fairs in rural Oregon and Washington I saw the health disparities that afflict Latino and Native American communities. And having grown up on the West Coast I have benefitted from the labors of Latino farmworkers. The privileges that I enjoy are connected, for better or for worse, with the lives and health of those in Latin America and of Latinos who live in the states. I want to explore and cultivate this connection.”
Fun fact: “I grew up in Idaho, which is NOT in the Midwest!”