Sarah Collins received her Bachelor of Public Health from the University of Florida (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 and later transitioned to the role of 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. 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.
As a doctoral student in Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sarah’s research interests reside in public health curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy. In addition, she focuses on utilizing qualitative research methods to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion within higher education. Complimentary to her research efforts, Sarah has thoroughly enjoyed her teaching responsibilities at UF. She has been an instructor for the Master of Public Health’s PHC6700: Social & Behavioral Research Methods, a co-instructor for the Bachelor of Health Science’s HSC4608L: Critical Thinking in Healthcare, and a teaching assistant for a variety of courses provided by the Bachelor of Health Science program, Master of Public Health program and Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy. It is Sarah’s ultimate goal to provide an equitable and inclusive learning experience for all students in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.