I am from a small border town called Rio Rico, Arizona. I grew up in Rio Rico and graduated from Rio Rico High School. I am a senior year at the University of Arizona. I will be graduating in May of 2019 with my Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in health deliveries. Coming from an underserved community I know first hand how health disparities can affect peoples lives. This motivated me to pursue a career in public health. It would be a great feeling to be able to give back to my community and address health disparities there. I intend to work in the field after I graduate to gain some hands-on experience and then in a couple of years further my education by obtaining a master’s degree in public health.
Being an intern with SEAHEC has made a positive impact on my career goals. It has opened my eyes and let me gain knowledge and experience with underserved communities. It has also helped me understand what needs to be done to address the disparities in the area.
It would be a great opportunity to be able to work in rural Arizona after I graduate in order to give back to my community. In addition, growing up in an underserved community, has helped me gain an deeper understanding of what the job requires. Lastly, the most important thing that I have learned during my internship with SEAHEC is the complexity of each of the communities that I work with. It gives me a new perspective on different communities and the ability to come up with new ideas to try and help them.