Anjelica’s interest in the culture surrounding medicine, health, and well-being developed in her undergraduate studies in health science (BSHS degree) at the University of Minnesota-Rochester. Her interests beyond the western system prompted further experience in perspective in Japan and India. She later joined the Peace Corps and served in Madagascar from 2016-2019 as a Healthcare advisor. During her service, she worked with development projects such as PSI, CRS, CAID, CRMF, and Marie Stopes in the areas of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), MCHN, Malaria Initiatives, and Family Planning. Anjelica took multiple leadership roles in her service that exposed her to (1) grant writing (PCPP maternity ward grant), (2) project coordination (Malaria Bike Ride Coordinator), and (3) monitoring and evaluation. Her service combined her interests for health and development at the intersection of the crucial factor of cultural understanding inclusion in project design and implementation.
Now into her second-year studying at the University of Arizona in the Master of Development Practice program, she has become increasingly interested in the animal-human-environment interface as it relates to health, a One Health approach to development. Her focuses are Global Health, Environmental Health, One Health, and Maternal Childhood Health and Nutrition (MCHN). Her time at the University of Arizona has instilled the importance of a multisectoral approach to development and the intersectionality with policy as well as the increasing importance of climate forward thinking in project design.