I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, and earned my undergraduate degree from Davenport University. My hobbies include volunteering, knitting and doing yoga.
Why did you decide to earn your Master of Science (M.S.) in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics?
After beginning a health information management degree, my passion for the field increased, and I knew that earning an M.S. in Health Informatics and Analytics would advance my knowledge and expertise. By combining the two degrees, I can better serve my community and find solutions to problems by using the data that we collect to improve the delivery of care. I also want to show how integrated care can work to treat the whole person, not just the condition.
Why did you decide to pursue the degree with HealthInformatics@GW?
The George Washington University has set itself apart not just by providing knowledge but also by preparing individuals to be well rounded in all aspects of life. Its nontraditional teaching approach motivates individuals to yearn for more knowledge and want to be part of something great for the future. GW empowers their students, and self-empowerment is the greatest gift one can receive in education, as it leads to a path of success and fulfillment.
What else should we know about you? Tell us about your unique experience.
I come from a country where health care does not meet the standards of the United States. While growing up, I attended a boarding school far away from the city and had to travel back to school by bus when the term began. One time while traveling back, a passenger on the bus was having trouble breathing. I was very young at the time, but this experience is forever etched in my mind. No one on the bus could perform CPR or had any form of first-aid care experience, and the passenger died. As I sat there watching this happen, I remember thinking that I never want to see someone lose his or her life again. If there had been a hospital nearby, this passenger would have lived. This experience put some fire in my heart, and I was determined to ensure that health care is available and accessible for everyone. I hope that I can build a hospital in my rural community, empower my community to be healthy, and bring awareness to first aid, maternal health and child care.