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Scholar of the Month

Jennifer Villalobos - February 2015 Scholar of the Month

Jennifer Villalobos
CHCI 2013 United Health Foundation Scholar

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Major: Public Health and Environmental Science
Placement: Office of Health Equity, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Jennifer Villalobos is a first-generation Hispanic student, the oldest of four siblings. She is the first person in her family to attend college. For that reason, her family is very proud of her accomplishments and they are proud of her being highlighted in the University of Colorado front cover page on January 2015.

Jennifer considers herself very fortunate and a hard-worker. She is very thankful for programs such as the TRiO Student Support Services and the CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar-Internship for helping her advance her goals of graduating with a dual degree in Public Health and Environmental Science. As a CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar, Jennifer completed her internship at the Office of Health Equity of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver, Colorado. Jennifer's placement assignments provided diverse opportunities for her to observe, learn and participate in different internal and external settings. Jennifer also helped coordinate several community health outreach events. She is happy to note she had opportunities to utilize theories and concepts learned in school as well as learn new practical skills.

Reflecting back on her journey through college, Jennifer cannot wait for what lies ahead. Her experience as a first-generation Hispanic student has taught her to be resilient and also to learn from each experience and have fun along the way. After graduating in fall 2015, Jennifer wants to work in her field and eventually she hopes to earn a Masters in Epidemiology and Ph.D. in Social Epidemiology. With this knowledge base, Jennifer aspires to give back and help improve lives in her community and other underserved populations nationwide.

Overall, Jennifer will forever be grateful for all of the support and resources that have been given to her for her hard work and dedication. She is immensely thankful to CHCI and its pipeline opportunities. Thanks to CHCI, she also had the chance to bring a policy focus to her studies in epidemiology with her participation at CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program last fall 2014. She knows that without the unconditional help of this support system, one that also includes mentors, staff, and professors, she would not have experienced half of the journeys she has been blessed with, and for that, she expresses absolute gratitude.

Past Scholar of the Month

Maria Garibay Campos - January 2015 Scholar of the Month
Samantha Perez - December 2014 Scholar of the Month
Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month
Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
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Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010