Public Health major Bianca Agustin aims to improve health equity in Hampshire County

University of Massachusetts Public Health Sciences major Bianca Agustin

Bianca Agustin

February 17, 2016

By Eliza Mellion

Public Health Sciences senior Bianca Agustin has spent the past several years working as an Information & Referral Specialist at UMass Amherst’s Center for Women and Community (CWC). She works towards CWC's mission to address the cause and impact of sexism through education, leadership opportunities, advocacy, counseling and support services.

Agustin helps provide college students, survivors of rape and domestic violence, and underrepresented populations across Hampshire County access to free and culturally competent referrals to community resources.

During her work at CWC, Agustin's eyes have been opened to the great number of health disparities that marginalized populations face due to factors like race, gender, income, and geographic region.

“Social justice and health equity must be addressed within the public health field and healthcare in order to improve health outcomes,” she says.

After she graduates, Agustin hopes to pursue an MPH degree in Health Policy and Management.

CWC offers 24/7 Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Services for Hampshire County and the Five-College Community, and is also home to the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN). WOCLN supports and celebrates women of color in the community, offering mentoring, workshops, events and programming.

To learn more about intern or volunteer opportunities with CWC, click here or contact CWC by phone at (413) 545-0883 or via email at cwc@umass.edu.