Roxanne Winston - San Francisco, California
Career goal: I'd like to be a nurse practitioner that does primary care, working predominantly with gender and sexuality minorities. I will be pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and hope to continue doing research around improving health services for historically marginalized populations. Ultimately, I would like my own practice working on queer family planning while also teaching part time to translate my knowledge through practice into educating incoming health professionals.
Internship outline: For my summer internship I worked with the TransLife Program at the SF AIDS Foundation and hosted a transmasculine health panel. Separately, I also conducted independent research on the health effects of stigma on receptiveness and adherence to care among transmasculine and gender non conforming communities. The qualitative data gathered from my summer research will serve as the basis for my MPH thesis.
Value of experience: My experience was amazing! I worked with fabulous coworkers, gained an in-depth understanding of health issues impacting highly marginalized populations, had the autonomy to direct my own research, and I came out with strong data for my thesis!
Best moment/experience: Coordinating the organization's first ever transmasculine health event and bringing together community leaders from across San Francisco to talk about the health services and politics effecting transmasculine people. I also met so many wonderful people through my interviews, whom I appreciate tremendously for opening up about their experiences in order to inform my research.
Funding source: YSPH Summer Research Funding, Applied Social Sciences Internship Grant, Clara Mayo Grant