We are grateful for the trailblazers who paved the way for all of us in our history and those who make our lives better day by day. We celebrate the life and contributions of our team members, colleagues, and allies this International Women’s History Month.

Isabella Perea

¿De dónde eres? comparte algo característico de tu lugar de origen. Where are you from? share something typical from where you are from.

I am from Cali, Colombia the Salsa capital from the world! Although I left home a a very young age I ave a very special place for my birthplace and country!

¿A qué te dedicas? What do you do?

I am a public health worker at Centro SOL. I completed my masters last year in Health Sciences with a concentration in mental health at Bloomberg. After having the opportunity to intern as a research assistant with Centro SOL I transitioned into a part-time position as a researcher assisting in various projects including a suicide prevention intervention as well as a family-centered intervention to address obesity amongst Latino children.

¿Qué te motiva? What inspires you?

My community s my motivating force! I feel so thankful and privileged to be able to work alongside an interdisciplinary team of experts to address the needs of my Latino community. The very community that shaped me and made me the person that I am today. After a long day of meetings, zoom calls, drafting and revising what fills my heart the most is interacting with participants, getting to know their stories and seeing the impact of our work in the lives first hand!

¿Qué le dirías a tu yo más joven sobre donde te encuentras ahora en tu vida? What would you tell your younger self about where you are in life?

I would tell little Isa, you made it! Growing up my father always told me to work doing what I love, and that’s exactly where I find myself today. I feel extremely fulfilled and happy to know that the knowledge I acquired in my classes and throughout my degrees I can now use for the service of my community to bridge public health gaps. It was all worth it!

Aunque todo lo que has hecho en tu vida es producto de tus esfuerzos, siempre tenemos personas que nos han apoyado a las que agradecer o recordar. ¿Quiénes son esas personas para tí y por qué? Although everything you’ve accomplished in your life is the product of your efforts, there are always people to thank or think about who supported you. Who are those people for you and why?

I am so thankful for all the beautiful people that surround my life with love and support. I definitely would not be where I am without all their words of encouragement, late night Face Time calls, and supportive messages. I thank my family and close friends that have always rooted me on!

¿Qué significa para ti la equidad en oportunidad para los Latinos? What does it mean for you equity in opportunity for Latinos?

Equity in opportunity for Latinos to me signifies justice and fairness. The ability for Latinos to have a fair and just opportunity to achieve their full potential regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

¿Hay algo más que te gustaría compartir? Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you Centro SOL for the opportunity to be a part of a team that makes sustainable change in the Latino community and bring forth effective solutions to public health issues!


Learn more about Centro SOL at Who we are

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