What inspired you to study public health?
I have always been an advocate to decrease vulnerabilities and provide equitable health care as a nurse with over 20 years experience. I was inspired to study public health to continue to advocate for communities to have access to healthcare and maintain an environment that provides the protection for diverse and vulnerable populations, as well as equity in ensuring the sustainability of the resources needed to do so.
What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?
The most rewarding experience in my career has been that my fluency in Spanish has been an asset that enabled me to overcome the barriers that those whom I have taken care of face daily in their lives. It has provided a sense of security and trust in the care I provide, which has paved a pathway to be able to truly help individuals in need.
Where did you do your practicum? What was it about?
SA Hope Center, San Antonio, Texas. It was about helping vulnerable populations gain employment and offer resources for sustainability.
What do you hope to accomplish in your career?
I hope to continue to advocate for those less fortunate than myself and be a change agent where needed along my endeavors as a public health official so that populations benefit from what I can do to make a positive impact in their lives.
I wish someone had told me how disparities exist in ways one could never imagine and how society is gravely impacted from them at all socioeconomic levels.
Current Position June 2023:
Anomalous Health Incident Team Lead at Joint Trauma System (JTS) DoD Center of Excellence for Trauma
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