What inspired you to study public health?
I was inspired to study public health by my experiences growing up in Indiana. I witnessed the shutdown of a long-standing grocery store chain while in high school, and my entire understanding of health and wellness changed as a result. I began to understand how zip code, access to food, performance in school, and health outcomes were all deeply interconnected.
What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?
As part of my health promotion studies, I was able to lead elementary school-aged children in an age-appropriate discussion of mental health. It was incredibly rewarding to both hear what the children already knew about their mental well-being but also introduce them to new stress-management techniques. It was the first time I truly got to witness my public health studies at work.
Where did you do your practicum? What was it about?
MetroHealth System – I served as a research assistant for the quality improvement project branch of a CardiOH, the Ohio Cardiovascular and Diabetes Health Collaborative
What do you hope to accomplish in your career?
I will be entering law school in the Fall of 2023. I am not entirely sure what I want to do with my career, but I wish to maintain the focus on community and interconnectedness that I developed throughout my public health career thus far.
Making connections is so important, especially when you want to find practicum and capstone opportunities! Speak up in class and get to know your classmates.
Current Position June 2023:
Intern at the Indiana House Democratic Caucus
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