Hi! My name is Kaycee Mendoza and I'm currently in my second (and final!) year of the MPH Program here at DePaul University. I grew up in southern California and went to University of California, Irvine for my undergraduate degree obtaining my B.A. in Public Health Policy with a minor in Urban Studies.
For my practicum, I am working with Gardeneers, a non-profit organization that empowers students to connect with healthy food through customized school garden programs and dedicated garden educators. During my time with them, I will be evaluating their different school programs to begin measuring and recording their success.
I currently work at Near North Health Service Corporation as the Population Health Coordinator. My key responsibilities include ensuring our underserved patient population are receiving timely, preventive care and get education about the importance of getting screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer. I work closely with my colleagues developing and plannings events like Women Wellness Days, FIT test pick-ups, 'Oh Snap! Are you due for your Pap?' Clinic days, and much more, to close these gaps in care.
I am also the Secretary of the Public Health Student Organization (PHSO) and help with keeping track of the organization's records, plan student involvement activities, and assist with the duties of the President and Vice President.
Why Did You Choose DePaul?
There were many MPH programs that I was interested in, but I chose DePaul's MPH Program for their clear and concise curriculum, affordability and flexible track schedules, wide array of faculty interests and concentrations, and the hands-on practicum experience.
What Do You Enjoy Most About the DePaul MPH Program?
The most rewarding aspect of this program has been the opportunity to work so closely with my cohort and professors. I have the opportunity to meet and learn about each of my classmates and grow my professional networks through them. Additionally, having access to a group of faculty members and staff provides a much more meaningful educational experience in getting personal feedback on my work and engaging in personal projects and community events.