As a graduate student working as an AHA intern, Christy Taylor, MPH, CPH, participated in community outreach initiatives where she applied the skills she learned in school to help people live healthier.
Pairing her professional experience with her personal experience growing up in a family with a significant heart disease history has shaped her path, said Taylor, a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she’s a member of the MD candidate class of 2020.
“As an AHA intern, I learned so much about the importance of community outreach and the public health principles the AHA uses to help communities,” Taylor said. “Now, as a medical student, I have been able to continue volunteering and using the skills I learned to further help patients.”
Growing up seeing the consequences of cardiovascular disease sparked Taylor’s passion for healthcare. Eventually, a mentor introduced Taylor to the opportunities the AHA offers students.
“Membership has allowed me to join a growing community of people who work selflessly to improve the lives of those afflicted by cardiovascular disease through research, outreach and scholarship,” Taylor said. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to meet and work alongside such courageous people and to hopefully contribute something that will improve the lives of patients.”
On a national level, Taylor serves on the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. She also works with the Pittsburgh AHA chapter, where she volunteers at health fairs and works on multicultural initiatives. She hopes her next stop is the 2018 EPI | Lifestyle Scientific Sessions, as she recently submitted an abstract for consideration. She’s also looking forward to connecting with fellow members.
The 2018 EPI | Lifestyle Scientific Sessions will take place March 20-23 in New Orleans.