My passion for providing comprehensive services to those who are marginalized led me to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of San Francisco. My professional experience as a bilingual Parent-Child Educator and Community Health Educator has demonstrated my commitment to providing high-quality health services to underserved communities. My drive to work with vulnerable populations stems from being an immigrant child from Honduras and seeing first hand the health disparities marginalized communities face every day.
In my previous position as a Parent-Child Educator for the Early Head Start program, I provided home visiting services to pregnant and parenting families with children 0-3 years old, which included case management, maternal/child health, child development, lactation and nutrition education. By providing direct services to families, I was able to teach parents developmentally appropriate activities to enhance their child’s intellectual, social-emotional, motor and language skills. In this position, I gained a stronger sense of health issues and barriers families face due to mental health issues, homelessness, unemployment, domestic violence, or substance abuse.
I continued to provide preventive care services as a Health Educator for the Department of Public Health in two different programs. In the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, I taught comprehensive sex education to middle school and high school students. In the Community Wellness and Prevention Program, I worked specifically for the Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion Project. As a Nutrition Health Educator, I developed, maintained and disseminated nutrition education materials to community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and child-care centers. Being a health educator has been a fulfilling experience because I have established strong relationships, provided skill-building opportunities and empowered individuals to reach their full potential through healthy behaviors.
Additionally, on my own time, I like to mentor youth and also help coordinate events for friend’s businesses and organizations. You can say I love engaging and connecting people!
As you can see health and establishing strong relationships has always been an important component in my life! When I am not out there trying to save the world (according to me), I am working on my own health. I love to workout, hike, do yoga, be in a peaceful mindset and share it with those around me! ☺