Peoples, a third-year medical student at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, has a passion for improving services to underserved communities. She holds a B.S. degree and a M.S. degree in Health Education and Behavior, both from the University of Florida and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Peoples managed a HIV testing and counseling program, supervised Wellness Educators, and also facilitated educational classes in high-risks communities and jail sites. Peoples also worked in Sickle Cell Disease research with the primary responsibility to encourage self-sufficiency for patients, as well as planning national conferences, and fundraisers.
Before medical school, Peoples was the Health Chair for the NAACP Miami-Dade Branch with an agenda to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce childhood obesity, and act against HIV/AIDS. As a health educator in both rural and urban communities, Peoples advocated for disease prevention and led public health awareness and outreach campaigns.
While in medical school, Peoples served as Student Government President and conducted independent research analyzing the testing and treatment of the Hepatitis C virus. She spearheaded a worksite breast cancer screening for university employees and participated in a plethora of health fairs. Peoples has been the recipient for the HEAL Award and Peer Award for her leadership.
With all of these experiences and education, she feels well prepared to contribute to the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health committee. Peoples personal goal is to bridge the communication gap between patients and providers, introduce cultural sensitivity, and eliminate the disparity between affluent and impoverished neighborhoods.