Erin Sears, MPH
MPH, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
B.S. in Psychology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
I am interested in being a part of an interdisciplinary team to address health disparities of Hispanics. I am dedicated to decreasing health disparities through my work in public health and have studied the Spanish language to be able to work closely with Hispanic populations, who experience many health disparities especially related to chronic disease. Interdisciplinary collaboration fills in more gaps of knowledge related to health and disease, thus creating a more hopeful foundation for building solutions, together. My previous and present research experience most often relates to Hispanic communities where many inequities exist related to poverty, mental and social health, environmental justice, and healthy food availability. I aim to join professional organizations such as the National Hispanic Science Network because I believe it is important to connect with other health professionals who share my same passion for serving the Hispanic population through public health work. My research goals are to study social determinants of health and health behaviors in minority populations, Hispanics especially, to produce creative solutions for public health intervention. I am also interested in planning and implementing intervention programs as well as evaluating their reach, impact, and effectiveness.
Born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area, I have been closely exposed to the negative effects of poverty and a declining economy where the health of communities is challenged. I became very interested in the many ways that social determinants, behaviors, and health outcomes relate to one another. After receiving my Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in health and nutrition, I went on to pursue a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver. The community and behavioral health concentration I chose for my MPH program has been exactly the right path for me to pursue my research goals in social determinants of health and behavior. While being trained in the Spanish language for over ten years, I also have a good foundation for pursuing my research goals with at-risk Hispanic communities.