If people knew what a privilege it is to work in community health, the field would be too competitive to accommodate me.
“Working at the community level brings the greatest health benefits to the greatest number of people in need.” – CDC
“[the availability of] Primary care is by far the most significant variable related to better health status, correlating with lower overall mortality, fewer deaths from heart disease and cancer, and a host of other beneficial health outcomes” – JAMA 1994
“adding 10 primary care physicians has a 250% greater influence on life expectancy than an equivalent bump in specialists” – based on US mortality rates from 2005-2015. JAMA Network
In my prior life, I was a social worker prior to returning to medical school. I have worked in community health centers for over 10 years. I cannot imagine working anywhere else.
I am an avid biker and skier. When too sore to ride, I play mediocre guitar for my two children. I dream that one day I will be able to write creatively in English and tell passable jokes Spanish.