MPH - Community and Behavioral Promotion
I am a social work graduate from UW-Milwaukee. In my senior year, I interned at the Southside Public Health Department of Milwaukee. The basis of this internship was working on the Ecoultural Family Interview Project of Milwaukee. This research project focused on gaining information from high risk families in an informal, non-intrusive manner. I have job experience working in crisis stabilization, mentoring, and group home staff with adolescent males with alcohol and other drug abuse issues. Currently, I am an Ongoing Case Manager with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. I am assigned to work with families by the court system under a CHIPS (Child In Need of Protective Services) order, develop a permanency plan and adhere to standards regarding safety and well being. Through the Bureau, I have become passionate about Trauma Informed Care (TIC). TIC is based on research that has found in-utero trauma (alcohol and drug exposure) as well as abuse and neglect in early childhood, can actually change the structure and operation of the brain. This in turn affects the behavior of children that have been through trauma, starting at a physiological level. TIC allows for sensory intervention (repetitive, rhythmic activities) that can change neuro pathways in the brain. Through my education at the School of Public Health, I hope to continue to educate the community on the physiological effects, as well as treatment, of childhood trauma.