Department: GLEPI, 2014
University of California, San Diego, Biochemistry/Chemistry, Minor in Italian Literature
University of California, Berkeley, Health Professions Post-Baccalaureates Program
Emory School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Clinical Trials Coordinator: Maintain operations of a clinical trial examining the clinical efficacy of high dose Vitamin D supplements in cystic fibrosis patients. Secondary projects include various Vitamin D efficacy trials regarding absorption and winter time retention.
Georgia Public Health Association, Emory Chapter, Co-President: Responsible for the presence and embodiment of the only student chapter of Georgia’s primary public health organization. Work with students, fellow administration, and state public health officials to promote networking between students and health professionals, as well as awareness of local issues that affect Georgia’s public health status.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Research Assistant: Work in the Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development in the Center for Global Health; primary project entailed addressing the integration of programs designed to globally control and eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Roles include the development of tools, data entry, preparing manuscripts for publication, and peer reviewing journal articles.
DREAM Project (Cabarete, Dominican Republic), Lead Researcher: Developed and implemented an evaluation of Deportes Para La Vida, an HIV education and empowerment program for underprivileged Dominican Youth. The evaluation assessed the quality of the program both through the participants’ knowledge of HIV, but also through their sexual practices. Also worked with the Dominican Red Cross and local health officials to improve access to health education.
"My future goals are to complete medical school, specialize in pediatrics, and eventually use my public health skills in combination with my training as a physician to look for solutions in improving the health of under-privileged youth in communities domestically and abroad."
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?:
“Being from California, the Latino Community has an incredible presence within the areas I lived. Because of this exposure to Latin Culture and the rising issues of immigrant health within the US, I developed an interest in the health issues that often plague migrant works, motivating me to volunteer in migrant health clinics in San Diego. What drew me closer to having a future in Latino health was the preparation and implementation of my evaluation program in the Dominican Republic. Seeing firsthand how poverty in these communities can affect both health and healthcare access, I was influenced by the dire need and importance of helping develop beneficial health programs in Latin American communities.”
Fun fact: “I can speak 7 languages (English, German, Farsi, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French).”