People of ENCompass: Alicia Bao

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What’s your major and year?

I’m a junior majoring in Biomedical science.

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

I’d like to learn more about healthcare policy reform, especially when comparing the U.S.’s healthcare system to those of other countries. I’m interested in learning how we can minimize the influence of socioeconomic status on healthcare quality and access.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you?

ENCompass was my first exposure to the public health. It was where I first the importance of understanding a person’s entire story, as their backgrounds and daily life contribute equally to their health status as does their physiology. I’ve learned to view health as an immensely complex, multi-faceted issue. It’s been an incredibly eye-opening and rewarding experience, and I can’t wait to continue learning more.

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

I am a second-year fellow at the Pure Water Access Project, a member of the Chimes Junior Class Honorary, and I do research in Dr. Anita Hopper’s molecular genetics lab.

What are your future plans?

I’m planning on going to Hot Chicken Takeover this weekend.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait…wait. I worry what you just heard was: Give me a lot of bacon and eggs. What I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” -Ron Swanson

Interesting fact about you?

I can wiggle my left ear, but not my right.