Masters student Michelle Vazquez enjoys diverse experiences at Campbell – Blogs


Hispanic Heritage Month is dedicated to the recognition and appreciation of Hispanics Americans and their cultures. To honor this month, which runs from September 15 to On October 15, CPHS will spotlight Hispanic students and their incredible stories.


Raised: Michelle vazquez

Current program: Master of Science in Public Health

Undergraduate program: BS in Biology, Campbell University

Why did you choose the CPHS and what benefits do you think you have gained / are getting from your participation in Campbell? Have you / have you connected with the “Campbell family”?

I chose the CPHS because of the rural orientation on Public health. During my undergraduate experience, I was fortunate enough to take classes with President Creed, Dr Justin Nelson and Dr Laura Lunsford which introduced me to rural community health and rural leadership. . I followed that curiosity by earning my MSc in Public Health at Campbell who continued to focus on rural health. Each class in the program has provided me with different tools and goals that can be used to engage in a public health approach.

Please summarize your personal, professional and academic background, be sure to include information on dual degrees, student organizations, communities, residences, scholarships, business ownership, special certifications, service rural and underserved, internships, awards won, promotions, national organization publications on leadership positions, etc. :

I am currently a second year student of MSPH (Master of Science in Public Health). I have grown up in an unincorporated rural town all my life and would like to continue working in rural areas after I graduate in the spring. Campbell’s MSPH program has given me a variety of knowledge and experiences. I am currently working on my final internship experience with a Lillington NC-based emergency preparedness organization called On Target Preparedness. On Target Preparedness offers a variety of services ranging from threat assessment to CPR training. Throughout my classes and community involvement, I have noticed the growing prevalence of the Hispanic community as opposed to the lack of Spanish speaking initiatives. Tackling language barriers effectively plays a vital role in creating comfortable relationships between health promoters / providers and patients. I believe I can use my bilingual experience to help existing programs and implement Spanish services that will increase accessibility for Spanish speakers to improve their health.

Please summarize any additional accomplishments you would like to highlight or speak more personally about what excites you.

Prior to my MSPH, I completed National Council Certification Medical Interpreter (NBCMI) training at the University of Arizona through Campbell’s Department of Foreign Languages ​​with Dr Tiago Jones and Dr Ann Ortiz . During this experience, I learned about the different types of interpretation as well as aspects that maintain accuracy in these interactions. Language provides a sense of trust and credibility among communities. I have also had experiences volunteering in rural Spanish speaking communities in Costa Rica with Dr Debora Weaver and Ms Claudia Williams from the Campbell Biology Department. There, I experienced and observed Costa Rican national programs that addressed the health care disparities faced by rural and underserved populations in Costa Rica, including those from poor families, victims of domestic violence, teenage pregnancies and the geriatric community. For me, observing government support for these programs that positively impact underserved populations has presented an admirable example of a vision to activate potential in rural areas.

Reasons why prospective students should choose Campbell over other graduate and vocational schools.

One of the benefits of attending Campbell is that the University continues to grow and develop. I’ve been with Campbell since fall 2016 when I started earning my bachelor’s degree. Throughout this time, I have witnessed not only the geographic growth of the campus, but also the growth within administration and organizations to make this campus more diverse and inclusive for its students.

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