I am currently a graduate student in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health (ZSPH) at UW-Milwaukee. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Subsequent to my undergraduate education, I worked with a research team at UW-Madison studying the influences of family life on child and adolescent development. In Madison, I volunteered at a free health-care clinic for the uninsured, Our Lady of Hope Clinic, where I was first exposed to the individual’s need of an adequate public health system. As an advocate for community service, I can be frequently found in winter at local ski hills volunteering as a National Ski Patroller.
I have quickly immersed myself into the ZSPH at UW-Milwaukee. As founding President of the Public Health Graduate Student Association, my leadership skills are fostering the growth of a student association devoted to career development, community outreach, representation, and the development of the ZSPH. Additionally, I have been elected to serve on the Graduate Student Advisory Council. This newly developed governance body is seeking ratification as a body to meet the needs of graduate student representation in the Graduate School at UW-Milwaukee.
The focus of my education and experience is on community and behavioral health research. Specifically, I am working as a Project Assistant for a research intervention in co-sponsorship with UW-Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin studying the effects of a new intervention to reduce repeatedly acquired sexually transmitted diseases. Furthermore, I believe our current public health obstacles can be challenged with a greater emphasis on research.