Presenter Information

Carlos Almirola

Start Date

1-4-2017 11:45 AM

End Date

1-4-2017 12:05 PM

Description

didn’t arrive in Public Health through conventional means. My father is a physician and I grew up thinking medicine was in my future. Towards the end of my undergrad I started to learn about other careers and eventually came across Public Health. I saw the importance of helping avoid problematic health issues in our community through early intervention. My Public Health training when combined with my background in Biology opened new doors I never knew existed. Grad School gave me the opportunity to have involvement with different community health initiatives in Baptist Congregational Health, UM Docs Program, and as well as Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center. Through these experiences a disturbing trend was becoming apparent. A lack of meaningful intervention. I currently work as a Research Associate on several different research projects at the Center on Aging within the Department of Psychiatry. My busiest project is the Alzheimer’s Disease/ Dementia study for Caregivers. In this project, we are trying to determine if by using computer tablets and other technology to deliver this intervention whether Caregivers can learn the skills and knowledge of being a better caregiver. This could help millions of families improve their quality of life as they care for someone with these diseases. Public Health opened a world for me that I never knew existed. Before my time on these research projects there were moments where I wondered whether I made the right choice. Looking at the future, I can see myself eventually growing into a role where I could be a Principal Investigator and Author on a research grant proposal and project. What is most important is that with hard work and vision I have been able to find this road, and I hope many other students will find their own road.

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Apr 1st, 11:45 AM Apr 1st, 12:05 PM

Road Less Traveled: My Journey to Becoming a Research Associate

didn’t arrive in Public Health through conventional means. My father is a physician and I grew up thinking medicine was in my future. Towards the end of my undergrad I started to learn about other careers and eventually came across Public Health. I saw the importance of helping avoid problematic health issues in our community through early intervention. My Public Health training when combined with my background in Biology opened new doors I never knew existed. Grad School gave me the opportunity to have involvement with different community health initiatives in Baptist Congregational Health, UM Docs Program, and as well as Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center. Through these experiences a disturbing trend was becoming apparent. A lack of meaningful intervention. I currently work as a Research Associate on several different research projects at the Center on Aging within the Department of Psychiatry. My busiest project is the Alzheimer’s Disease/ Dementia study for Caregivers. In this project, we are trying to determine if by using computer tablets and other technology to deliver this intervention whether Caregivers can learn the skills and knowledge of being a better caregiver. This could help millions of families improve their quality of life as they care for someone with these diseases. Public Health opened a world for me that I never knew existed. Before my time on these research projects there were moments where I wondered whether I made the right choice. Looking at the future, I can see myself eventually growing into a role where I could be a Principal Investigator and Author on a research grant proposal and project. What is most important is that with hard work and vision I have been able to find this road, and I hope many other students will find their own road.