Current City/State: Birmingham, Alabama
Job title: Coordinator of Health Education
As a Coordinator of Health Education with the Department of Infectious Diseases, I work as part of the behavioral research intervention team bringing patient-centered educational interventions to persons living with HIV. These interventions are geared toward increasing HIV awareness, getting connected to care, increasing HIV medication adherence, and reducing risky sexual behaviors.
How did UAB prepare you for your current position?
The program at UAB prepared me for this role by providing me with instruction that gave me the tools, included hands on skills building in program design, implementation and management, educational tool usage (creating a learning center), and research (writing a conceptual model); all of which I use everyday.
What did you enjoy most about your program?
What I enjoyed most about the program is having instructors that really invested in us, sharing their knowledge and challenging me to do more.
To what do you attribute your success?
I attribute a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and great teachers at UAB for my success and preparation for the future. Their belief in me, supported the confidence that I had in myself and helped me to be a role model of success for my son who is now in college and doing well.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Within 10 years, I see myself continuing to contribute to the health and wellness of others as a thriving employee with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.