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Meet Our Summer Interns

Diana Lazo, MPH UC Berkeley

Diana Lazo

My family’s experience as Medi-Cal patients navigating services at FQHC’s in San Diego has been a motivating factor in my passion for public health and interest in working at CHCN. My graduate education at UC Berkeley provided me with the knowledge and experience in program planning and evaluation, further enhancing my understanding of health behavior change, health promotion, and community needs. Public Health has given me the opportunity to work with various non-profits and healthcare organizations by addressing their program evaluation needs and utilizing innovative ways to improve their systems and processes. As a recent MPH graduate, I was drawn to the organization due to my passion for learning and continued interest in understanding the barriers faced by low-income and underserved communities when accessing quality health care services.

I was drawn to the organization due to my passion for learning

My role in working to improve learning and development opportunities has allowed me to build strong and trusting relationships with staff across the organization. It has also introduced me to the role of managed care organizations and the wide range of support services made available to the community health centers in the network and patients in the safety net. I would advise future interns to be open to learning and challenge themselves to improve their skills and grow professionally alongside mission-driven individuals at the organization.

Melissa Leanda, UC Berkeley MPH Candidate, 2021

Melissa Leanda

I was always interested in working in the healthcare industry and was fortunate enough to find my way into the public health field. I felt that it was the best way to give back to the underserved communities that supported me through my childhood and into early adulthood.

My internship at CHCN has really allowed me to test myself

In August 2019, I was accepted into the Health and Social Behavior concentration within UC Berkeley’s MPH program. It was the perfect opportunity that combined my interests in the healthcare industry and community service while utilizing my backgrounds in health policy and the social sciences. During my first year in the program, I started focusing on the ways in which health programs can be created or modified to better serve populations that have been previously underserved and underrepresented in the American healthcare system.

My internship at CHCN has really allowed me to test myself in ways that have confirmed my interest and future in this type of work. I am so thankful to have had an opportunity to learn