Francia N. Brito, MS OTR/L
School Attended While Participating in the Student Fellows Program: New York Medical College
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Areas/Topics of Interest in MCH: I have an interest in the effects of socioeconomic and behavioral factors on infant and child health, adolescent health and women’s health. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist and feeding therapist, I also have an invested interest in children with special health care needs, feeding and breastfeeding and improving not only the pregnancy outcomes but the pre-conception health of women living in underserved and/or multi-risk areas.
Current Research/Area of Study: Currently I am working on a research project that focuses on identifying the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of Hispanic/Latino parents towards adolescent pregnancy. Data collected will be utilized to implement a pregnancy prevention program in Westchester County in order to enable youths to make healthy life choices and understanding the consequences of risky behavior.
Accomplishments/Current Work: I am currently a self-employed pediatric occupational therapist with a focus on underserved 0 to 5-year-old children and their families. I provide services to families in all five boroughs in New York City and throughout Westchester. I am the Founder and President of Meaningful Beginnings, which focuses on conducting assessments to identify children with developmental and psychosocial delays as well as those affected by prenatal drug exposure, premature birth, congenital anomalies, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disease and autism.
Future Work: I decided to pursue an MPH degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion with a goal to expand my scope of practice to address the behaviors that interfere with health and promote disease in the maternal and child population; with a focus on the underserved and multi-risk communities. I am also enrolled in the health education certificate program with goal of becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist. The motivation for becoming a health educator is to educate and empower underserviced and multi-risk communities to develop healthier lifestyles and improve their health outcomes.