JUNE 4, 2014 – Dianna Abreu (NHS’16), a health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, has a busy summer and fall semester ahead of her.
This month, she starts an internship in Guatemala through GlobeMed, a student-run organization that connects students in the United States with grassroots health organizations in one of 19 countries throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America.
After spending seven weeks in Guatemala, where she will help improve the health education curriculum in local schools, Abreu will return to Georgetown and begin fellowships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and the campus-based Women Advancing Gender Equity (WAGE) Program.
Through WAGE, which is housed in the university’s Women’s Center, Abreu will focus on supporting a community of strong women leaders who work for positive change and gender equity. MLT is a career preparation program that offers fellows from minority backgrounds one-on-one coaching and skill building seminars to better prepare the participants for their professional future.
She notes that she was first hesitant to apply for the fellowships and had it not been for her friends’ and mentors’ support, she may have never even submitted the applications.
Yaritza Vargas (NHS’15) and Yasmin Serrato (SFS’13), both MLT fellows, helped her change her mind.
“They helped me realize that I couldn’t let past failure or possible rejection impede me from future success,” she says. “These phenomenal women have impacted my life at Georgetown to a great extent, and I feel beyond lucky to have such strong individuals invest their time and advice in my growth.”
Abreu grew up in the South Bronx area of New York City. As a child, she witnessed poor health care services. Such inequality motivated her to pursue a degree in the health care management and policy field.
She says her greatest takeaway from the program has been that health care delivery goes beyond the patient-physician interaction and the actions taken on a system level can also significantly improve health.
In the future, she hopes to begin her own non-profit in the Bronx, blending philanthropy and public health to ensure the advancement of health initiatives for all, regardless of race and class.
By Masha Mikey (S’15)