Years in MCSP: Freshman: Fall 2009 - Spring 2010, Sophomore Year: Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 (East Quad) - I think I was a Peer Advisor for Community Service.
What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduation in 2013, I continued to date my MCSP sweetheart, Claire He, who I met on the first day of MCSP, freshman year. I worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for two years. Then, I returned to the University of Michigan to get a Masters in Public Health. After completing that degree, I asked Claire to marry me and we got married the following year.
What are you currently doing now?
I have just started my third year working at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Ever since the Flint Water Crisis, there has been an increasing investment to remove lead from housing and water systems. I am part of a team that is responsible for the creation and implementation of lead hazard control programs across the whole state of Michigan.
How do you integrate social justice into your life post-college?
MCSP introduced me to the existence and the magnitude of health disparities on a global, national, and Michigan scale. Ever since then, I have wanted to live a life trying to reduce them. In Michigan alone, there are thousands of children with elevated blood lead levels. Health effects of lead exposure include brain and nervous system damage, decreased IQ, learning difficulties, slow or reduced growth, kidney damage, and more. All of these health effects, which can change the trajectory of one's life, are the result of old housing and infrastructure. In my job, we identify children who are at risk for lead exposure or who have already been exposed. We then locate all of the lead hazards in the home. After locating all of the lead hazards, we make sure that they are all removed. No child's home should expose them to lead. I can't thank MCSP enough for introducing me to the world of Public Health.
What is your favorite memory about MCSP?
I miss living in a dorm with my friends. Those two years of my life, in MCSP, were full of so much fun. On paper, it does not sound like much. It was a conglomeration of completing school work, discussing social justice, knitting scarves for the homeless, playing Nintendo 64, eating at a cafeteria, and volunteering somewhere on the weekend.
But to me, those were the best two years of my life.
They made me who I am today.