Collaboratory for Health Justice
Mayra Diaz is a dual degree student pursuing master’s degrees in Public health and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In December 2020, she joined the Collaboratory for Health Justice as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Chicago COVID-19 Contact Tracing Corps. Her interests include mental health policy, adolescent health, anti-racist public health praxis, and health equity for Latinx and immigrant populations. She has worked closely with Latinx-serving organizations such as Telpochcalli Community Education Project in Little Village to support grassroots organizers and key stakeholders in community-driven social justice work. This past summer, she completed a fellowship for the Chicago Department of Public Health where she supported COVID-19 response efforts and developed racial equity-oriented best practice analysis and policy recommendations for the Healthy Chicago 2025 planning team. After she graduates this upcoming Spring, she hopes to obtain a position where she can address structural determinants of health through meaningful, upstream policy change.