Master of Public Health degree candidate
2003 - Graduate Certificate in Sports Physical Therapy. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
2002 - Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Workplace Health and Productivity Management
What are your career goals?
My biggest professional purpose is to help people and organizations make smarter decisions about health. Interestingly enough, most healthcare systems are currently disease oriented and this has proven to be unsustainable in the long run. After graduating in the combined MPH/MBA Program, I will continue to advocate for the value of health promotion and protection as a crucial strategy for population health management in organizations.
What sparked your interest in global health?
Having served as a Physical Therapist and as a Professor of Biomechanics, I progressively realized that movement system injuries are closely linked to lifestyle and behavioral choices. While lecturing on injury prevention in the workplace before an audience of healthcare professionals, many participants mentioned being frustrated by the feeling that simply prescribing physical exercises wouldn’t result in any significant long-term outcome for neither the employees nor the companies. On the other hand, it was a consensus that many stakeholders ignored the relationship between lifestyle choices, health risks, and health costs and were, therefore, unwilling to support health promotion and wellness as a core business value. From that moment on, I decided to advocate for this cause from a more strategic standpoint, one that will hopefully allow me to make a larger impact in people’s lives.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
To me, inspiration comes much more from small attitudes in the process than from great accomplishments in the end. In that sense, I feel most inspired by those who strive to generate new ideas to tackle our old problems, those who choose collaboration over competition, those who keep a genuine smile on their faces even when confronting big challenges and those who truly walk their talks. I feel very fortunate for having met many of these role models along my professional and personal journey – there are so many that it would be unfair to name a few here. I feel like I carry their influence wherever I go. The lessons I’ve been learning from such wonderful people will always inspire me to be an active part of the solution, and not of the problem.
Who inspires you and why?
Being worthy of such high honor from the number one School of Public Health in the world represents far more than a personal dream come true. It means a confirmation that the issue of health promotion in the workplace should be seen as a priority worldwide. I feel grateful for having received such important incentive to complete my graduate studies, which will further equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as a leader. The Global Health Scholarship has enabled me to make an important shift in my career. I’m looking forward to reciprocate the trust placed in me with passionate dedication towards the mission of this Center.