Department: BSHE, 2015
Undergraduate studies: University of Vermont, Psychology/Spanish/Environmental Studies
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (AmeriCorps), Community HealthCorps Navigator: Taught a bilingual obesity intervention/prevention program called Healthy Choices serving Latino families in Milwaukee's Southside. Served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the program for 20 volunteers. In charge of data collection and analysis, administered pre- and post- surveys to all participants to assess dietary, weight, and physical activity changes.
Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (Valparaiso, Chile), Student: “Studying abroad in Chile was the best decision I made in college. Having only studied Spanish for a year, I plunged into uncomfortable and mysterious waters. My time abroad sparked my love of Latin American culture. Living in one of the wealthiest countries in South America, I still noticed drastic health disparities between classes and knew that I would one day strive to help close this gap.”
“After completing my degree from Rollins School of Public Health, I hope to continue my work with underserved communities, particularly immigrants and minorities.”
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?
“Many come to this country in the pursuit of the American dream. In my year of AmeriCorps I worked alongside many immigrants, both illegal and legal, and discovered that their hopes and dreams were the same as my Nonno’s hopes and dreams when he came over on the boat from Italy. Everyone that comes to this country is in pursuit of a better life for them, their families, and for generations to come. I am grateful for the sacrifices that my Nonno made for my family when he came to this country. It has humbled me, yet it has also given me the strength to work in public health in order to create better, healthier lives for immigrants, minorities, and the underserved.”
Fun fact: “My heart and soul are happy when I’m salsa dancing.”