Hi, my name is Sara. I am a MPH graduate of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University. I served in the Peace Corps as a Non-Formal Education Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa from 2011-2013. I also worked at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department as an infectious disease epidemiologist.
I am starting a PhD in public health at the University of California, Irvine this September.
Before Peace Corps, I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education.
Music is still an integral part of my life, however my time in the Peace Corps oriented me towards public health. In West Africa, they often say, La Sante Avant Tous, which means health before everything else. If people have poor health, they can’t go to school or work. I want to help promote public health and find out why things aren’t working and contributing to poor public health practices.