Department: Global Health, 2015
Undergraduate studies: Sewanee University of the South, International Studies, 2010
Feminist Women’s Health Center Lifting Latina Voices Initiative, Latina Leadership Comittee: Participate in the development and implementation of the Latina Leadership Committee goals for improving the reproductive health and rights of Latinas in Georgia.
Latino Medical Student Association - Emory (LMSA-Emory), President: Founded the first cross-divisional organization for Latino graduate students at Emory University, LMSA-Emory. The association promotes latino community, mentorship, leadership, and unity for Latino students in the health sciences and is an affiliate of LMSA Southeast Chapter and is the first association of the chapter to bridge students across the health sciences.
Feminist Women’s Health Center Lifting Latina Voices Initiative, Volunteer:
Designed health education curriculum for LLVI promotora program under the direction of LLVI Program Coordinator.
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Intern: Provided Medicaid, Medicare, WIC, and sliding scale clinic referrals for Spanish-speakers. Created and conducted a quality assurance process for the referral hotline. Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), Intern: Compiled and translated resources to inform immigrants of 2007 GA legislation SB529 and its impact on the Latino immigrant community.
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Solola, Guatemala), Researcher: Carried out qualitative research on the sociocultural influences of pregnancy among Kaqchkiel adolescents Solola, Guatemala. Coordinated with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala de Solola to conduct the research with the support and input throughout all phases of the research. Conducted focus group discussions and in-depth interviews.
Primeros Pasos Clinic (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala), Volunteer Children’s Health Educator: Taught classes on nutrition, hygiene, and puberty to the children of the Palajunoj Valley of Quetzaltenango to assist in the nonprofit clinic’s goal of reducing incidence of gastrointestinal parasites, chronic malnutrition and diarrheal diseases. Observed promotora program in Xecaracoj to learn about grassroots program development.
Peruvian American Medical Society Medical Mission (Santiago de Chucho, Peru), Nonmedical Volunteer: Participated as Spanish interpreter and organized health and hygiene educational activities for children. Love in Action Mission (Solola, Guatemala), Health Educator: Annually participate in organizing the medical mission and serve as a children’s health educator during the week-long mission.
“My goal is to complete a Physician Assistant program and combine practice with program development in Maternal and Child Health with Latino communities in North Georgia.”
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?
“As a Latina who grew up in the Southeastern US, I’ve always been committed to activism and advocacy in the Latino community. I was drawn into the field of health through my undergraduate minor in gender studies. Through the lens of feminism, I began to see ties between social constructions and the body – and the impact of social constructions on the health and wellness of others. I begin to see how this extended beyond the health of women and to the health of communities who dealt with intersections of race and class – and immigration status. From then on, I found the tie between my identity, my commitment to my community and my vehicle of action: public health.”
Fun fact: “I love learning languages! ”
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