Student Spotlight – Virginia Reyes

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 Virginia Reyes is a second-year Masters in Public Health student in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Virginia is currently a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the UCLA Child & Family Health Leadership Program. Her interests are nutrition, food environments, maternal and child health, and equal access to healthcare and health insurance for underserved communities. 

 Virginia graduated from UC Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and two minors: Global Public Health and Public Policy. She worked in the Berkeley and Oakland community as a medical Spanish interpreter in two school organizations. After graduating, she worked as a Care Coordinator in a Federally Qualified Health Center where she assisted patients with applying to Medical, Calfresh, Covered CA and provided local health resources. This is where her passion for public health started when witnessed the health disparities within low income communities and patients, especially with mothers and their children. 

In addition to being a MCH Fellow, she is also the Communications Chair for the Maternal and Child Health Student Interest Group (MCH SIG) and a Public Health Coordinator for the UCLA Mobile Health Clinic Project. Outside of school, she loves taking care of her plants, exploring new cafes,  hiking, and reading thriller novels.  

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