Elizabeth (Lizzy) Lupercio is a 2nd year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences department at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She grew up in Redding, CA, and moved to Washington (state) to complete her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Gonzaga University. Lizzy believes children are our most vulnerable population and is dedicated to protecting them so that they can reach their full potential. Her passion for helping youth, particularly in high-need communities, led her to join City Year AmeriCorps in Sacramento before beginning graduate school. Currently, Lizzy serves as a Community Health Consultant at Hillsides and works as a Study Coordinator for UCLA Health to assess the impact of COVID-19 on children with special healthcare needs. Lizzy is the Vice President of the UCLA Community Health Sciences Student Association and is the Service Programs Chair for the Maternal and Child Health Student Interest Group (MCH SIG). Her commitment to protecting children led her to become a Maternal and Child Health Fellow and join MCH SIG. She has continued to further her education in child health by taking courses on child health policy, children with special healthcare needs, and more. Lizzy hopes to utilize her education and experience in child health to ultimately become a pediatrician one day.