What inspired you to study public health?
My journey in public health began as a high school junior when an epidemiologist came in and explained their role during career day. What I found most interesting about her discussion was the tremendous impact the profession has on communities through research, partnerships, and education. This interaction was the motivating factor that set me on the path to serving in public health. Throughout my education I became more focused on maternal and child health which is my primary population of interest.
What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?
One of the most rewarding aspects of my studies has been all the inspiring individual I have encountered. These include my cohort, my boss at the clinic, and my professors, these connections have been vital to my growth in knowledge and understanding of the field. Their support and shared passion for the field have profoundly enriched my experiences in my studies.
Where did you do your practicum? What was it about?
Waco Family Medicine, a federally qualified health center. I worked with in the Programs for Women and Children focusing on breastfeeding.
One piece of advice I wish someone had given me when starting out in public health is to embrace collaboration and build strong networks. Public health challenges are complex and multifaceted that requires an interdisciplinary approach. Actively seeking out opportunities to collaborate with other students, faculty, and community organizations will broaden your perspectives and understanding of the field.
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