How long have you worked at SRAHEC? I began with SRAHEC in August of 2018 as an intern with the College of Health & Human Performance Health Education Program at UF. In November of 2018, I was hired on as a full-time employee.
What do you here at SRAHEC? My official title is health educator and systems change specialist but I wear a few different hats here. Part of my time is on our tobacco cessation team as a tobacco treatment specialist and I assist in implementing systems change strategies within healthcare professional facilities. The other portion of my time is managing an oral health grant with the Florida Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Equity. I also help coordinate trainings with a statewide opioid project.
Can you tell me a little about yourself? I am a proud graduate of the University of Florida, Go Gators!! It took me many years to complete my degree part time and I graduated with my Bachelor's in Health Education at 39 years old. It was worth every late night and weekend spent doing school work. I am a wife and mother of a teenage boy, never a dull moment with those two! I really enjoy running and exercising at the gym, it is a great help with stress and energy. Another passion of mine is photography, it is the best way to capture nature and the beauty it holds. My secret super power is as a licensed massage therapist, a rewarding way to help others.
What is your favorite part of your job/What has been the most rewarding part of your work so far? There are many great things about working at SRAHEC. I love that each day brings variety and that I have met so many fantastic people, not only the awesome folks that I work with but people in the community that are doing great things. People in the public health and healthcare fields need to be thanked for the work they do to help others. I feel lucky to be part of a team that has a positive outlook and such a passion for overall health of everyone we serve. The best reward is seeing the difference we can make in the lives of others. “One kind word can change someone’s entire day”, always be kind!