My passion for public health comes from my belief that health is a basic human right. The health disparities and inequities experienced by underprivileged communities are inexcusable and I would like to be a part of the fight to eliminate such injustices. My hope is that as a society we continue to pursue health equity with even greater fervor, particularly for those that systematically experience racism, discrimination, and exclusion. I desire to help improve quality of life for others, empower communities to be strong and healthy, and increase access to preventative health programs for all.
Reese joined the Center for American Indian Health in 2016 shortly after graduating from the Master of Public Health program at the University of New Mexico. During her academic career, she focused on community and global health, and completed her practicum while serving as a community health team leader in rural Uganda. Prior to joining the Center, Reese worked for the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center where she evaluated local nutrition programs. Her interests include food insecurity, obesity and diabetes prevention, food systems policy, and of course, her American Dingo, “Khaleesi”.