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CHCI – Davita Health Graduate Fellow

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina

School: Marquette University

Degrees: M.S. Applied Economics

Placement: U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Luis Arzaluz was born in Toluca, Mexico. In 2003, his family moved to the United States and settled in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Luis earned his B.S. in business economics from the University of South Carolina and his M.S. in applied economics from Marquette University, where he was a recipient of the Trinity Fellowship, a graduate work-study program for young leaders committed to social and economic justice.

During college, Luis held leadership positions in several health and immigrant focused student organizations. He also interned at Student Action with Farmworkers, where he advocated for better access to healthcare for migrant workers in rural North Carolina. Upon graduation, he spent a year in New York City as Community Healthcorp participant working for Bronx Health REACH on projects to eradicate health disparities. After his year at Bronx Health REACH, Luis was a year-long volunteer at Christ House, a medical facility for homeless men in the Washington, D.C., where he served in administrative roles.

While at Marquette University, Luis’s research focused on access, satisfaction, and quality of healthcare for hypertensive patients based on health insurance type. As part of the Trinity Fellowship, Luis also held off-campus graduate assistantships at Centro Hispano Milwaukee and Covering Wisconsin, where he worked on Affordable Care Act implementation and bilingual outreach. As a CHCI Health Fellow, Luis is eager to get hands-on experience on federal policy making and gain the skills necessary to pursue a career in the nation’s capital, while working on behalf of Latinos’ health.