Department: BSHE, 2015
Undergraduate studies: Florida International University, Health Services Administration
Portal De Salud y Nuestra Señora de las Américas Misión Católica, Student Research Assistant: Currently participating in the completion of a needs assessment of the church community. Nuestra Señora de las Américas Misión Católica currently serves over 10,000 Latino families in and around the city of Lilburn, GA.
Latino Medical Student Association(LMSA) - Emory University, Co-President: Assisted in the successful formation of the inaugural chapter of LMSA at Emory University. LMSA serves as a multidisciplinary organization aiming to unify, advocate, and promote mentorship among Latino students and professionals in health sciences.
Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer: Assisted with a variety of home building projects including shingling and dry wall installation of habitat homes in Miami, FL. Habitat for Humanity Miami assists many Latino families in obtaining affordable and updated housing.
Alternative Spring Break, Volunteer: Served as an Alternative Spring Break student volunteer in Washington DC, where our group addressed the serious issue of homelessness in the city. We worked closely with community leaders on several projects aiming to improve access to resources and conditions for the largely Latino, homeless population.
I hope to continue my education and complete my PhD in Behavioral Science. I am currently conducting research on the health outcomes associated with experiences with discrimination as well as the prevention and response to violence against women. I plan to explore my research interests within the realm Latino health on both a domestic and international scale. I look forward to exploring successful prevention strategies as well as intervention techniques that are able to address these two serious, global, public health issues.
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?
With my mother being from Caracas, Venezuela, I have been exposed to the charming Latino culture my entire life. Compounded with my professional public health interest in marginalized populations, I anticipate a career connecting my personal and professional interests of promoting Latino health.
Fun fact: “I have kissed and ridden a dolphin.”