People of ENCompass: Meet Josh Reyes

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Josh Reyes

What's your major and year?  

Senior - Major: Biochemistry Minor: Global Public Health

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?  

I joined ENCompass in the Fall of 2016, so 1 year.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about? 

One public health issue that I am interested in and would like to learn more about is immigrant health and the disparities that exist within these communities. Specifically, I am interested in how immigration policies affect immigrants’ access to care.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you? 

ENCompass has been one of the most eye-opening and enriching experiences I have had in college. Being able to work with the Columbus community and directly address critical public health issues like food insecurity and housing instability has changed the way I view health as a whole. ENCompass has shown me the need for social care and public health in our society and I intend on continuing this type of work in my future.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?  

I am a 4th Year Health Science Scholar and I am a research assistant in the Musier-Forsyth Lab which studies the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) packaging and assembly.

What are your future plans? 

I hope to attend medical school in the near future. Although I am currently unsure of what type of medicine I want to practice, I know I would like to continue tackling the health disparities that affect my local community.

What's your favorite quote?  

 “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai

 Interesting fact about you?  

I have a hyphenated first name. My legal first name is Joshua-Paolo!