I lead the Youth Safety Net Project and facilitate training opportunities focused on health equity and access, social determinants of health, adolescent relationships, and school and health center partnerships. I also oversee SBHA’s youth development portfolio of trainings, resources, and partnerships. I believe that youth development approaches to health aren’t a notion. Instead, they are a necessity that can foster a healthier generation equipped with understanding the impact of social factors on their health, how to capitalize on their strengths and protective factors, and translate information and awareness into actions that change lives.
My professional experience and interests include community-based health promotion, racial justice in health care, and global health. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Globalization from Ohio State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Virginia, and am currently pursuing a DrPH in Health Promotion and Health Education from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.