Thank you for taking the time to view my eFolio! This website provides a summary of the theories, skills, and research methods that I have learned at the BU School of Public Health.
My interest in public health began when I was a young teenager, long before I knew what the term 'public health' actually meant. I grew up in Royalston, a rural town in Central Massachusetts and attended high school in neighboring Athol. Athol is often described as a "depressed mill town". Athol is a friendly, close-knit community, but it suffers from a relatively high rate of substance abuse, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy. As a teenager, I witnessed how these public health issues impacted my friends and neighbors.
Immediately after college, I started working for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, where I remained for five years. I currently work at Cambridge Health Alliance, providing HIV and STI testing and individual harm-reduction counseling.
I enrolled in BUSPH in the fall of 2009. I wanted to further my education to learn the skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs. While working at community health centers, I have seen on a daily basis how access to health care, especially preventative health services, had the potential to dramatically improve one's quality of life.
Professional Mission Statement
I choose to work in public health because I strongly believe that health is the baseline for a happy, productive life. I view health through the lens of social justice and believe that all individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability should have access to all of the factors that are necessary to be healthy.
"If you have come here to help me, you
are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
- Lilla Watson