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Roxanne Mirabal Beltran

After graduating from Duke University in 1995 with a bachelor of science and a concentration in neuroscience, Roxanne Mirabal Beltran spent a year in community service with the Zacchaeus Free Clinic in Washington, D.C., managing the pediatric clinic, coordinating the volunteer program and conducting health education programs.

It was during a second year with Zacchaeus that she participated in the inception of the D.C. Nonprofit Clinic Consortium which introduced her to La Clínica del Pueblo, a free clinic committed to improving the health of the Latino community in D.C. At La Clínica, she worked in HIV/AIDS counseling, created bilingual HIV educational resources, served as an interpreter and patient advocate, and began comprehending the role that politics, advocacy and partnerships play in promoting health.

Her work in the nonprofit sector kindled her interest in health disparities, as experienced by the D.C. Latino community, and prompted her to pursue a bachelor of nursing at Catholic University. For the past 13 years, she has practiced as a labor and delivery nurse at the Washington Hospital Center. In recent years, she decided to shift her career to focus more on academia and research, obtaining a masters of science in Health Services Leadership and Management and a post- master's Certificate in Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Beltran continues to be interested in the health disparities experienced by the Latino community, particularly how race, gender, education and socioeconomic status (of both provider and patient) contribute to this disparity equation. Additionally, she hopes to learn more about the efficacy of cultural competency in addressing perceived or existent disparities.