Involvement in APHA-SA: Newsletter Co-Chair (2010-Present)
School: Harvard School of Public Health
Department: Society, Human Development, and Health
Degree Program: Doctor of Science
Practice/Research Interests: Social and policy determinants of women’s sexual and reproductive health (especially HIV/AIDS, STIs, contraception, and abortion), with a particular focus on women of color and low-income women in the U.S.
Other Leadership Activities: Member of the Women, Gender and Health Interdisciplinary Concentration Steering Committee at the Harvard School of Public Health (2009-Present), Board Member of the Black and Latino Student Caucus at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health (2006-2007)
Plans after school: Upon completing my doctoral training in social epidemiology, I plan to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in order to further my knowledge and skills in women’s sexual and reproductive health inequities. In the long term, I intend to pursue a teaching and research position at an institution of higher education. Through continued research that investigates the impact of gender and racial inequality, sexuality, immigrant status, socioeconomic position, and social policy on women's health, I hope to help shape evidence-based interventions and public policies that promote the health and social well-being of women of color and low-income women in the U.S.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA: I applied to serve as Newsletter Co-Chair of the APHA-SA in order to give back to APHA, an organization that has helped me cultivate both my leadership and presentation skills over the past five years. Additionally, I was looking for a way to work with others who are just as passionate about public health as I am! I first discovered public health in high school and since then, have embarked on a lifelong journey in the field. Public health has allowed me to investigate how social, economic, and policy factors interact to promote the health of some and undermine the health of others. I have dedicated my research to understanding how social inequalities harm the health and well-being of marginalized populations. I continue to be amazed by the work that fellow public health students are doing in this area, as well as many others! I feel fortunate to be able to bring you their stories, experiences, and voices through the APHA-SA newsletter, News and Views, and look forward to doing so over the next year!
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