Where did you live before coming to UW and/or where are you from originally?
I am originally from Peru, where I have lived all my life. I've mostly studied and worked in Lima, but I have been continuously traveled back and forth to the Amazon Jungle during the past four years.
What is your background in public health/global health?
I studied medicine and became a medical doctor in Lima, Peru. I then pursued a global health master's degree in Biomedical Informatics. My public health experience started when I joined the Mamas del Rio project in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle. I helped design a maternal and child health program that aided with a mHealth application for Community Health Workers and community-based components approach, aimed to monitor pregnant women and newborns in remote basin native communities. From that experience, I learned how profound health disparities and unaddressed social determinants could profoundly impact maternal and neonatal health. I have further explored maternal and other health outcomes at the national level with secondary DHS analysis research. I am interested in the intersection between global health, health metrics, and technology.
Why did you choose to get your MPH in global health at the UW?
My main goal was to pursue a career in Global Health Metrics Science. As such, knowing UW's Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is a world-leading champion in describing, mapping, and measuring health burden worldwide, the Global Health MPH, specifically the Health Metrics and Evaluation track, was my natural choice and highest aim among other options. Furthermore, the fact that UW's Global Health program ranks among the top in the world was also determinant.
What has the cohort experience been like for you (so far)?
This has been a challenging year. From pandemic disruption to political turmoil worldwide, colleagues' support in the 2020 cohort has been determinant. Not only the academic excellence of my peers is something to acknowledge, but also their social sensibility and kindness is something I have perceived and of which I am grateful to be part. Furthermore, the different nationalities that compose this cohort bring together diverse perspectives, experiences and narratives that enrich the classroom experience, even with the virtual lessons' difficulties.
What do you enjoy most about Seattle?
I am still not able to travel to Seattle because of COVID-19 travel restrictions ☹.
What advice do you have for students who are applying for the program?
First of all, you need to be confident about yourself and what you have already achieved. We sometimes opt not to apply because of fear of being rejected or not been "good enough". You should prepare your application documents early on, don't wait till the last minute, and if possible, try to speak with UW faculty or students.