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What does it mean to you to be a part of the #1 ranked MSHA program?

Being part of the #1 ranked MSHA program means to me, being part of a culture of excellence, continuous growth, and support. This program has been in existence singe 1965 and has developed into the #1 MSHA program in the nation. During that period, there has been a lot of hard work, sacrifices, and dedication to reach this pinnacle. I am humbled to have this opportunity and plan to continue to build on to the legacies of those who have come before me.

What makes you most excited about the MSHA program?

The many opportunities to develop my skills, build relationships, and expand my knowledge during the program makes me most excited. The experiences we are provided here at UAB can not be recreated at any other program I am truly grateful for the support of the faculty, the alumni base, and my cohort—Class 55—who make this experience so rewarding.

How do you see yourself impacting the health system in the future?

In the future, I see myself impacting the health system by addressing underlying and preventable conditions that contribute to healthcare disparities of minorities and under-served communities—going beyond the scope of only treating illnesses to treating the root causes of illnesses improving the lifetime health and well-being of communities—redefining how health systems care for their communities.

Have you been able to work during COVID and if so, what did you learn? Did the program prepare you for what you experienced?

This summer, during COVID, I have spent time volunteering at UAB's COVID test site and interning remotely at Hartford Healthcare (Hartford, Connecticut). In this time, I have learned that change can happen rapidly, and communities depend on healthcare organizations preparedness and ability to adapt. In response to COVID, my internship transitioned to a virtual setting. During the spring, the MSHA program's quick response to finish the spring curriculum virtually prepared me for the challenges of working remotely this summer.