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Part-Time Instructor, Healthcare Administration

Lake Shore Campus

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  • (He/Him/His) I am the Director of the Transition Support Program/Programa de Apoyo de Transición at Advocate Aurora Health, where I lead a four-hospital program that helps our vulnerable patients and families navigate the health care system while providing meaningful internship opportunities to students pursuing health careers. My work involves inpatient operations, transitional care management, and diversity, equity & inclusion. I joined Parkinson as an adjunct faculty member in January 2021 and teach the undergraduate Health Care in America course, a critical topic that touches everyone in today's world. In my free time, I enjoy volunteer work with English Learners and also compete as a USATF Masters Athlete in the long jump, 100 meter, and 200 meter races.

    Research Interests
    • U.S. Health Care System
    • Health Equity

     


    Education
    • BS in Health Systems Management, Loyola University Chicago
    • MP in Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois-Chicago

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    I have always had the mission of stopping bad things from happening to people, and in health care, you have the ability to uplift people while learning a lot about yourself and what you value. My faith also influenced my career path and focus on social justice. I am also passionate about empowering young people. I always encourage students to eat "no" for breakfast and to never, ever quit!

    Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

    You never forget the stories of the patients and families who impact you. One of the most memorable stories was when we helped an undocumented patient in his forties with congestive heart failure who had little access to specialty care as he did not qualify for health insurance coverage. Seeing him overcome the barriers of a complex, fragmented health care system and attending the graduation ceremony of his year-long cardiac rehab was a heartwarming, human moment.

    What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

    Since I graduated in 2016, it is wonderful to see the Health Care Administration program continue to grow and reach our next generation of health care leaders during a challenging and uncertain time in our world. We need young, mission-driven leaders to set the tone for equity in our communities and combat the systemic racism that plagues our health care system.