Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of New England, as well as a Master’s of Arts in Bioethics from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She is a former Peace Corps member coming to HRSA after serving in Ancash, Peru, as a Public Health Educator with extensive experience providing health outreach activities in low resource environments. While serving in the Peace Corps, she facilitated and lead public health outreach programs with a focus on Maternal and Child Health and STI/HIV prevention, implementing both the “Healthy, Strong and Intelligent Children Project,” a program targeting families with infants to reduce malnutrition and promote cognitive development, as well as “Steps Forward,” a project in mentoring teens on birth control, ST/HIV prevention, and overall life planning skills. In 2018, she was selected to be the Lead Volunteer and was responsible for managing and training a team of 40 volunteers across 4 programs, coordinating with community leaders and key government officials, and recruiting local community partners. More recently, this past spring, Laura worked for Chicago-based NowPow, a healthcare technology company, as part of their initial response to COVID-19. She was working to connect providers to community based organizations in order to address many of the social determinants of healthcare that had been affected drastically due to the pandemic.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,205,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.