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Here’s a little about me: I am a Doctor of Medicine, Masters of Public Health candidate at Long School of Medicine at a Texas medical school. I am interested in keeping up to date with current health issues. Most of my interest in health care and public health began in 2015 during my post-baccalaureate studies at UT-Dallas. This interest has continued to grow as I have become more involved in the health care field as a medical scribe and hospital volunteer. AS a MD/MPH student, I am interested in learning more about how health literacy and public health knowledge can be used to improve my interactions with patients and the health of my community.

This blog came into fruition after the disappointment I felt when my time writing for The Phiver, the blog hosted by UT-Dallas’s Public Health Initiative, came to an end. My interest in public health and medicine is enhanced by my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from UW-Madison. This program focuses on sociology and human behavior, so as I progressed through my pre-med education, I had a uniquely humanistic approach to medicine and science. This drove my involvement in public health, which is a notoriously humanistic and “people centered” field.

The growth of my extended family also transformed my interest in medicine and public health. My focus has changed from the theoretical knowledge to wondering how I could utilize my education and access to current health issues to make informed decisions for myself and my loved ones. I firmly believe that the best choices about someone’s care can only be made if you know the facts at hand. The primary goal is to teach health care literacy so that more members of the public, and members of my family, know basic medical terminology. Knowing medical language is valuable tool that can be used to advocate for diagnosis and treatment, and it can improve health outcomes. It is my goal to provide those resources for my family in hopes that they would all be able to live happily and healthily.

Welcome to the family!