Sarah Collins received her Bachelor of Public Health from UF in 2018. She continued her education at UF, completing a Master of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. She worked at Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) as a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator where she guided and assisted individuals with establishing eligibility and enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace, expanding across 15 counties in North Central Florida. Her role later transitioned to Health Educator & Special Projects Coordinator. In her new role she managed a Florida Department of Health, Office of Minority Health grant that sought to educate ethnic and racial minority senior adults living in Bradford and Union counties on their oral health. Before returning to UF, she concluded her community work with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition where she got to educate and engage with mothers and fathers in the local community about maternal and child health.
Her research interests reside in maternal and child health, with a particular emphasis on child health. In addition to research, she has thoroughly enjoyed her teaching responsibilities at UF. She has been a Teaching Assistant for the Bachelor of Health Science’s Therapeutic Communications, Substance Abuse, and Critical Thinking courses, as well as the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy’s Introduction to Health Professions.