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Maritza Lara Villota

MS BSN RN

Research Degree Student

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student. My research focuses on patient and public participation in health systems that serve low-income individuals in the United States. My academic and research interests lay in the study of practices that increase quality of participation for communities of color, especially California’s migrant and seasonal farm workers.

I am based in California where I work creating stronger local health systems. I combine human-centered design, quality improvement and lean six sigma methods to build and implement health & workforce development programs that promote lasting change and drive stakeholder engagement. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah, where I also received a Minor in Nutrition and an Undergraduate Research Scholar designation. After my nursing degree, I received a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership from UC Davis. 

My research interests have been cultivated through my service as a board member at a Community Health Center in California that serves over 27,000 people, most of whom live below poverty lines. As part of my board member activities I chair the Employee Development Committee and participate in the organization’s anti-racist workgroup. When I am not working, studying, or serving my community I enjoy writing poetry and traveling.

Affiliations

Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Research

Research Area
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health services research
Health systems
Agriculture
Behaviour change
Equity
Ethics
Global Health
Ethnography
Implementation research
Discipline
Policy analysis
Sociology
Management
Social Policy
Country
United States of America
Region
North America