In one sentence, what is public health to you?
A multisectorial approach toward protecting and prolonging life by improving the quality of health of all people and their communities.
What inspired you to study public health?
I was born and raised in West Texas which encompasses a vast amount of rural communities. This region is large geographically with only 5 metropolitan areas. Populations are also declining or remaining stagnant in these communities, crippling rural hospitals in efforts to remain open. Residents of these communities have found that their access to healthcare is limited due to location and their ability to seek and received care in a timely manner. I have had the opportunity to learn from educators from West Texas A&M University, where I completed my undergrad, who share the concern and belief that these limitations are public health issues in West Texas and areas alike. The greater West Texas region is unique and requires unique solutions in order to address the limitations these communities face and have faced for a long period of time.
What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?
Having the opportunity to work with the mentors that I have worked with and are currently working with. I am young in my field and I still have so much to learn. The education I have received from West Texas A&M and the education I am currently receiving from Texas A&M will allow me to be equipped with necessary knowledge and the ability to take in more when I enter my field.
Be aware that countless hours of work may change only one small thing.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?
Educating public health practitioners in terms of diversity and inclusion when it comes to addressing medical and non-medical concerns.