by Sayuri Fujita
Sayuri at the Tower of David Museum and the Old City of Jerusalem
My name is Sayuri Fujita, and I received a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development from California State University San Marcos in 2015. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health, focusing on Health Policy and Administration, with a global health concentration at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH).
My career objectives are on health in all policies, looking at socioeconomic, cultural and political determinants underlying access to healthcare delivery and health disparities among the most vulnerable groups in the community especially in areas of health and social behavior, sexual and reproductive health, health equity and social justice. In the past, I volunteered to promote a sense of togetherness among students, young adults, children, and elders by engaging with local communities throughout my college years. I gained professional experiences through working with various organizations and working for a member of Congress.
One of my most memorable experiences involved my participation in the Washington D.C. Scholarship when I worked and collaborated with Congressional staff during my time at the Capitol Hill. Last summer, I participated in a global health program at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel and I also participated in an internship with Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, where I looked at anti-racism strategies and programs. While I intend to graduate this spring, I am actively involved on and off the campus.
Currently, I am participating in an internship program that provides resources for women with HIV/AIDS. There, I assist with coordinating a program that focuses on coping skills, healthy relationships and educating women on how to practice safer sex. I am currently a fellow for Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative at Sinai Urban Health Institute, and I am collaborating with faculty and fellow members to increase awareness and try to understand the issue of gun violence. My research involves gathering secondary data sources to develop community profiles, mapping assets, and conducting interviews with community members. I am also the Events Chair with Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health (MSAPH), a student organization with my university. The purpose of MSAPH is to strengthen underrepresented student graduate experiences by providing opportunities that build supportive networks and social bonding with the UIC Community. I am also co-directing the Pen Pal Program, an early intervention program for participating 5th graders that bridges the gap between communities with low high school graduation rates and college students. While I am still exploring my niche in the field of public health and global health, I hope to work in international development and humanitarian assistance in the near future.