Our new intern Susana Ribeiro is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health. Susana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Sao Paulo State University (Brazil). During her undergraduate studies she participated in a study abroad program, having the opportunity to study at Missouri State University and Stanford. A desire to affect positive change in the world combined with a background in sciences culminated in a great interest in health policy. Susana believes that policy advocacy is one of the most effective tools one can rely on to decrease health inequities, which is why she chose to carry out her practicum at the MPHA.
Heather Dearborn is also a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health. Her main area of interest is Health Policy and how policy can be best utilized to make sustainable changes in local communities. Prior to joining the Boston community in the fall, she was living in Austin, Texas, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA as a project development coordinator at a state-wide health and wellness non-profit. Heather’s passion for public health stemmed from her experience in Texas where she witnessed the discrepancies that many faced when it came to receiving medical services and finding healthy food options or a safe place for activity. She found that when communities work together, they are a powerful force to be reckon with. It is her goal to have community voices be heard so that their representatives can best serve their needs to live healthy and prosper.