Erik Pena obtained his MA in Latin American Studies and MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2016. As a graduate student, he executed several needs assessments in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua. Mr. Pena worked directly with rural community partners to improve patient doctor communication. He was also a teaching assistant for the Chicano/a Studies Department and actively involved in graduate student government. Before joining the UCLA Center for Human Services and Society, Mr. Pena was a graduate student researcher at the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters where he worked with an interdisciplinary team to improve emergency alerts during critical events.