I am M.P.H. graduate from the University of New Mexico’s College of Population Health. During my time in the M.P.H. program, I worked in various capacities as a Research and Project Assistant. As a Research Assistant at Nuestra Salud, LLC, and the Hispanic Family Asthma Outcomes Network, I supported the Principal Investigators (PIs) in their work to address disparities among Hispanic, Spanish-speaking families in Albuquerque and across the state of New Mexico. In 2017, I was hired as a Project Assistant for an initiative awarded through the National Collaborative for Health Equity, and assisted with qualitative data collection, management, analysis, and report writing. In addition, I was the Project Assistant for the Engage for Equity, Community-Based Participatory Research grant through the National Institute for Nursing Research, assisting the PIs with qualitative data management and analysis, as well as with data extraction for a systematic review.
I began working with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation as a Research Associate in August 2018. I am part of the state-level evaluation team for several federally funded grants through New Mexico Human Services Department Office of Substance Abuse and Prevention (OSAP) that aim to reduce underage and adult drinking, prescription painkiller misuse, and overdose-related deaths. My role has been to assist state and local evaluators in report writing as well as with the collection, management, and analysis of data that inform the process and outcome evaluation of community coalition efforts funded by OSAP to carry out prevention work related to alcohol and substance abuse. Furthermore, I assist the state-level evaluation team in providing technical assistance to support local programs with evidence-based practices they have chosen to implement in their communities. I also help infuse cultural competence and understanding into data collection and dissemination of findings and works with local providers on building capacity to utilize data for the benefit of their programs. I am a fluent and native Spanish speaker, have been heavily involved in the Spanish translation of data collection tools, instruments and other materials for multiple projects at PIRE, and have a passion for working with and supporting communities.