Department: Global Health, 2015
Undergraduate studies: University of Washington, Medical Anthropology & Global Health with a minor in Diversity, 2013
HolaDoctor: Research and Programming Assistant. Work on Affordable Care Act Reform Education project. Assisted Program Manager with compiling background research and developing ACA education and training materials. Conducted in-depth interviews of community members who enrolled in the ACA. Analyzed quantitative and qualitative surveys to provide feedback to project partners regarding Latino health insurance enrollment trends.
Yakima Valley Farm Worker’s Clinic: Collected and analyzed clinical data for a satellite clinic of YVFWC. Wrote a community needs assessment report for the YVFWC Corporation’s leadership. Used this assessment to highlight the need for a mental health facility and to advocate for the employment of staff and providers who identified as Latino and/or spoke Spanish.
Prevention Institute: Provide assistance in a “Health Disparity Metrics” project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project’s goal was to develop a set of actionable metrics and indicators to measure health disparities across the nation. Worked with program manager to communicate results and feedback to RWJF.
University of Washington: Worked as a bilingual research interviewer on a socioeconomic status and obesity study. Used structured survey to recruit, screen and interview women in the greater Seattle area. I also measured and recorded anthropometric data.
One day in the near future I will be a Program Manager and will be working to reduce health disparities in chronic disease among Latinos, specifically obesity and diabetes. I will simultaneously be advocating for policies that will promote health equity.
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?
I am interested in Latino health because as the daughter of two Mexican immigrants, I identify as a Latina. I am invested in making sure that my family, friends and community has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. I will continue to work in Latino health so long as Latinos in the U.S., along with other ethnic minorities, are disproportionately affected by negative health outcomes. I am getting my MPH because I know that this field will benefit by having individual’s who identify as Latinos, assess the current state of health of other Latinos, and carry out interventions for Latinos.
I’m in the Latina based Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. AND I have checked the “ highest natural bungee jump in the world” off my to do list! (Bloukrans Bridge)