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As the #Day43 Fellow for Waterbury Bridge to Success, Vanessa aims to raise awareness of Black maternal health disparities through education, advocacy, and policy.
Her current role is focused on implementing solutions that combat Black maternal mortality in the city of Waterbury and promote an equitable environment where women, birthers, and their babies can thrive. Her work not only adopts evidenced-based strategies but also includes the dissemination of resources and services for maternal and infant health to empower current parents and expectant birthers.
Vanessa’s experiences as a Spanish medical interpreter for reproductive health services, a COVID-19 contact tracer, and as a former Faculty Relations director for Yale’s HAVEN Free Clinic have only increased her drive in advancing racial and health equity. With her knowledge and training, she strives to amplify the voices of all people of color, so their reproductive health concerns and needs are heard and met.
Vanessa received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Medical Anthropology from Yale University. She is currently enrolled at the Yale School of Public Health to obtain a Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology with a concentration in U.S. Health Justice.