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Fellow of the Month

Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month

Sarah Diaz
PepsiCo Foundation Health Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Malden, Massachusetts
Tufts University
B.A. Public Health
1st Placement: 
Office of Sen. Kay Hagan
2nd Placement: Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Sarah Valentina Diaz is a first generation Colombian-American born in Boston. The transition from a charter school in Cambridge to a private high school in the same city gave her a firsthand experience with the major inequities in living conditions and education that could exist even in areas of close proximity. An interest in social justice led her to pursue community health as one half of her double major with cognitive brain science for her undergraduate degree at Tufts University.

During her academic career, she supported and contributed to the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) which sought to provide a support network for Latina/o students on the Tufts campus, and was later elected as the public relations officer. Sarah also became an active member of the Student Health Organizing Coalition (SHOC), which sought to voice the interest of students on campus in the health insurance market.  She focused on working on various public health research projects, such as the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she helped recruit and interview Spanish speaking residents.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Sarah hopes to gain a greater understanding of how to develop and implement population health policy. She feels excitement about seeing the political process firsthand.

Past Fellow of the Month

Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007