How has your career path led you to a health-related field? From the time I understood that not everyone had equal access to the conditions that create health or to health care, I've been interested in public health. After obtaining my MS in public health with a concentration in community health education from UMass Amherst, I started my career as an assistant area director for the American Cancer Society in Pittsfield, and was soon promoted to area director for the field office Holyoke. Next I worked for the Children’s Study Home in Springfield, managing a teen pregnancy prevention program and then for the Springfield Girls’ Club Family Center running an HIV/AIDS prevention program, both funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). In 1995 I joined the Western Massachusetts Prevention Center (later known as the Center for Healthy Communities) as a prevention specialist. There I provided local and statewide training, consulting, and technical assistance on evidence-based prevention programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, positive youth development, and reducing health disparities. When the Regional Centers closed in 2012, I started working as a public health consultant on a range of issues such as community health worker training, preventing prescription drug abuse, and training statewide on ethics for prevention specialists. In 2013, I began adjunct teaching and project coordination at Holyoke Community College, which led to my present position on the Foundations of Health faculty. Students thinking about studying public health should get as much experience as possible through community-service learning, internships, and practicums with organizations that work to improve public health or do public health research before they graduate. This will help them decide what aspects of public health they are interested in pursuing upon graduation.