"Growing up in Buffalo, one of the most segregated cities in the nation, I had lived experiences where I witnessed the negative implications of systematic racism, specifically the unequal distribution of necessary resources like grocery stores with fresh produce, accessible health care, and reliable public transportation systems.
When I came across Open Buffalo, I was so delighted to find a group of like-minded people dedicated to making Buffalo equitable for all, and being a member of Youth Action is even better because I can connect with fellow young people regarding these issues as well. There are certain equity issues that we as young people deem important and want to bring more awareness to, and together, we convey this importance to policymakers who make decisions that impact the lives we live every day.
After finishing my Masters in Public Health, my professional and personal aspirations are to gain experience being a primary care physician in the city that shaped me to be the woman I am today, then establish a health facility on the city’s East Side. I aspire to ensure all people are met where they are for their health needs, with a focus on mitigating the existing health inequities in the Black community and other communities of color.
Open Buffalo is so important to me and my future by helping me to see the bigger picture and the interconnectedness of racial, ecological, and economic justice as it pertains to the fields of medicine and public health. I am continuously inspired to put in the work to be the change I wish to see in my community."