When we think of heroes, we often think of Marvel comic characters or celebrities that have gained notoriety and fame. However, in the field of public health, heroes are more often than not found in local communities working towards a better future.
That is exactly where Dr. Natalie Hernandez, a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Public Health PhD program and assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, can be found educating communities in public health and empowering young women and minorities to become future leaders as well.
“Rolling Out” recently honored Dr. Hernandez, who is of Puerto Rican descent and a native of the Bronx borough in New York City, with the Sister with Super Power Award for her public health education and leadership contributions in the Atlanta, GA area, which stems from her interest in community health that she developed while completing her PhD at USF.
After attending college at Stony Brook University and receiving an MPH From Emory University, Dr. Hernandez came to USF to pursue a PhD in public health. Dr. Hernandez credits her time at USF for preparing her to become a leader that takes on challenges within her community.
“Although it was a PhD program, I loved the fact that USF trained me in community health and still ensured that what we learned was also applicable to real life in real communities,” said Dr. Hernandez.
Dr. Hernandez also points to her fellow students at USF as big influences in helping her develop leadership skills in diverse environments and deal with challenges that may come her way.
“My favorite memories of my time [at USF] were my interactions with other PhD students in my cohort,” said Dr. Hernandez, “We were a very diverse cohort from many different places and my cohort shared a very challenging and developmental part of my life with me which allowed me to develop…Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 26