Division: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Organizations: Public Health Student Association (PHSA), Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health (MSAPH), Radical Public Health (RPH), American Public Health Association (APHA), Global Health Student Interest Group (GHSIG)
Leadership Positions Held: CDPH Intern HCOE-SPH Workshop Series Developer, Coordinator, and Presenter
Isabel is a first year Master of Public Health Student with a concentration in Epidemiology and Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public health. She is passionate about Pubic Health and studying chronic disease, with specific interests in Type 2 Diabetes and the health disparities associated with this disease as well as other health disparities that affect the Latino community. Since beginning my MPH, Isabel has co-developed and co-organized a collaborative workshop series that acts as a partnership in Latino/a health. Through this partnership, we provide a series of workshops that will provide a foundation of public health knowledge among undergraduate Latino pre-medical students. Isabel is also an intern at the Chicago Department of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Pubic Health Informatics. Her main responsibility is gathering indicator data from the Census and the American Community Survey in order to organize and assess social determinants of health data for Healthy Chicago 2.0. Isabel also works on creating maps using ArcGIS and ACS data to view the indicators from a geographic lens that may be useful in guiding space-based interventions in areas that demonstrate social vulnerability.
Why did you participate in Leadership Program?
I participated in the leadership program because I wanted to participate in a program that would offer a fantastic opportunity improve myself and to get involved with the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as build a connection with other students eager to become leaders.
What skills were gained from your participation in the program?
Through participation in the leadership program, I was able to develop and enrich my leadership and transferable skills. Through networking with other students involved in the program I was able to participate in several opportunities outside of the classroom.
What will you do with your new responsibility as student ambassador?
Becoming a Student Ambassador is a rewarding opportunity as it allows you to both improve yourself as a student and gain access to a variety of networking and work opportunities. As a student Ambassador you will represent the University of Illinois Chicago at the School of Public Health, and develop leadership and communication skills as well as professional development skills.