Mary’s interest in public health stems from an experience she had working to improve community health access in rural Guatemala. It was here that she acquired first-hand exposure to the debilitating obstacles that commonly prevent disadvantaged populations from accessing quality healthcare.
This experience sparked her decision to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she concentrated her education in South African community health to further investigate social determinants of health. During this time she conducted research at the Brooklyn Chest Tuberculosis Hospital with the objective to identify barriers to tuberculosis treatment adherence, as well as solutions to ameliorate them.
Her education as a public health student at Franklin and Marshall College, in conjunction with this assortment of experiences, has left Mary with both an understanding and a strong appreciation for the ways innovative health initiatives can improve quality of life.
Mary is excited to join Sandum Diabetes Research Insitute’s Farming for Life team and further the program’s vision of reversing the effects of Type II diabetes throughout the Santa Barbara community by means of local vegetable distribution.