2020 Fall Outstanding Undergraduates
Outstanding Undergraduate Austin Chavez
The Public Health Program here at CU Denver has granted me the opportunity to not only fulfill prerequisites for medical school, but simultaneously learn the importance and implications Public Health has not only at a community level but an individual one as well. The challenging professors and course load forced me to think critically and always consider the complexity of issues facing Public Health as many dimensions must be addressed for a successful intervention. This program has set me up to use my voice as an advocate for the underserved as a Public Health Practitioner and future Physician which I could not thank CU enough for.
Outstanding Undergraduate Jessica Guerra
In a class of over 100 I was visible. In a class of 100 during my introduction to public health class, I would tell my professor what I wanted to with my career. She would say “I’ll get you there”. This is what the public health department at the University of Colorado Denver was to me. That professor took the time and years later would be the one to write my letter of recommendation for a Master of Public Health Application. This department truly sees you, listens to you, and provides the tools you’ll need on your path. As my time here comes to end, I look back with warmth and gratitude and I feel forever indebted to the many caring and talented individuals that taught me on my journey. As I continue, I will lead by your examples. As a public health practitioner I will strive to teach, listen, and truly make those near me feel visible.
2020 Spring Outstanding Undergraduates
Outstanding Undergraduate Jennifer Pham
The Public Health Program here at CU Denver has been an incredible journey to take part in for my four years here. Now that I am graduating this Spring of 2020, I find myself reflecting on the wonderful courses, inspiring professors, and valuable experiences that Public Health has provided me to continue my education into graduate school. Not many people realize the social determinants of health we live in affect our well-being which can be long-term. Being able to guide others that are vulnerable in gaining access to care is one where this program helped me achieve. Going into Public Health has taught me that through education, empowerment, and advocacy, the world can be a place where health disparities are sparse, and health equity can be achieved for all.
Outstanding Undergraduate Lisette Martinez
My experiences in the public health program here at the University of Colorado Denver have been great and have allowed me to grow as a PBHL student, researcher, and innovator. By taking an interdisciplinary course load and approach in my undergraduate studies, I've been challenged to expand my skills and ways of thinking. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to study under professors in our department with really amazing experiences which informed their teaching. I've also had the privilege of working as a research assistant with Dr. Yeatman and her team, an experience that's reshaped the way I think of community partnerships within public health. I'm thankful for my time in the program and look forward to my next steps as I complete my degree this spring.
Finalist Kelsey Martin
The public health program at CU Denver has opened my eyes to an entirely different perspective on healthcare and the actions we can take to better the lives of many. I'm thankful for the opportunity I was given when I transferred to CU Denver and hope to make an impact for good with my degree in public health. I couldn't have done it without the support of my teachers, peers, family, and savior Jesus Christ.
Finalist Safa Mechergui
I am so thankful to be been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Spring Outstanding Undergraduate in Public Health Award, the public health faculty and curriculum has contributed so much to my advancement as a public health student and researcher. Our public health curriculum encouraged me to apply my learning into community health action and to show responsibility for the health of our own Colorado communities. I deeply thank Dr. Yeatman, Marisa Westbrook, and Dr. Scandlyn for being amazing mentors for me during my time at UC Denver and the best support system I could ever ask for.