today i am me

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My love of health started with prescribing my dolls “medicine” made of torn up mint and basil from the summer garden and fennel seeds from my mother’s spice jars. I bandaged scrapes with lambs’ ears leaves and rubbed beeswax & rosemary salve into rashes and scars, always playing the apothecary. I remember first falling in love with anatomy in the fifth grade, as I sketched the flow of blood through ventricles and capillaries and as my doctors explained genetics and bone growth to me. After a few years studying neuroscience & music, I still think that synapses are stunning biological architecture.


As a public health professional in maternal & child health, I work to nourish my community and heal our systems of health care, in pursuit of health equity and reproductive justice.


My work centers around the elegant and imperfect chaos of health systems and the social determinants of health. I believe in the strength inherent in vulnerability, and I have adopted the definitions of reproductive justice from SisterSong and of radical doulas from Miriam Zoila Perez.

Above all, I take my definition of the fundamental human right to health from the World Health Organization and from the United Nation’s universal declaration of human rights:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.


education

I hold a masters in public health from the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. My academic focus was on the intersectionality of reproductive and sexual health: how can we promote safe, consensual, joyful, and empowering reproductive experiences for all people across all spectrums of life?

The future of health care is preventive and holistic, and I believe in the art and science of healing.