Faculty and Staff
Chloe Rodriguez Ramos
|Title:||Graduate Student/ Public Health|
Institute for Families in Society
When I first began working as a veterinary assistant in 2014, I had dreams of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine after completing my bachelor’s in biology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. However, five years into the profession guided me in a different direction. While working, I developed a particular interest in infectious disease and global health and, after some extensive research, I was introduced to the field of epidemiology.
Following my graduation from UofSC Upstate, I enrolled in the Arnold School’s Master of Public Health in Epidemiology program. My first fall semester, I gained experience in legislative outreach and public health policy while working as a graduate assistant with the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. The following semester, I began working alongside Deborah Billings and Alyssa Robillard at the Institute for Families in Society on the Voices/Voces project. This South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services-funded project is part of the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative and documents the experiences of women throughout South Carolina who use Medicaid to cover the costs related to pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum care. Through this qualitative project, we hope to bring to light possible inequities these women have faced, how these inequities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what women and service leaders suggest should be done to ensure that all women in South Carolina receive excellent maternal care.
I am honored to be working under such inspirational mentors in the maternal health field and I am excited to present our results alongside the extensive quantitative data that IFS has collected as we reveal the stories behind the data points.