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Monica Bautista - November 2011

Image of Monica BautistaMonica Bautista
McDonalds Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
School: Portland State University
Degree: B.A., Community Health Education
Placement: The Office of Senator Richard Durbin

Monica Bautista is a fourth-generation Mexican-American who grew up in Joliet, IL.  She began pursuing her Bachelor of Science in biology at Loyola University – Chicago, but soon realized biology was not her passion.  She then moved to Hawaii where she began working with families in the Marine Corps.

Monica moved from Hawaii to Oregon, where she resumed her studies and earned a Bachelor of Science with Latin honors in community health education from Portland State University.

Monica’s classes exposed her to public health, but public health did not become her passion until she interned with the Multnomah County Health Department’s Environmental Health Section.  During this internship, Monica worked with the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program providing education to Early Head Start families.  She also worked with the Healthy Homes Program analyzing housing policies and their effects on health.

Monica served as Student Advisor with the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Portland State University, which allowed her to work closely with the Latino community on campus.  After graduation, Monica was a Hispanic Serving Health Profession Schools Summer Trainee with the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Monica continues to work with Marine Corps families and is interested in veterans’ health, women’s health, and eliminating health disparities.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Monica hopes to gain knowledge and skills about policy making, which she can use to develop policies that create healthier communities in the United States and abroad.  She plans to earn a dual M.P.H./J.D. degree in the future and work in Health Law and Policy.


Past 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


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