Community Engagement Research Specialist
Center for Regional Change
Sarina is a recent UC Davis graduate with a Dual Bachelor's degree in Chicana/o Studies and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB). Her research interests include equitable health access, community-based participatory research interventions, rural community development, and health effects of public health policy on vulnerable populations. She is a Robert E. McNair Scholar, and her senior thesis studied various community health assessments conducted in the Yolo County region. Her research specifically focused on the case study community of Knights Landing to develop a nuanced concept of how health assessments inform decision-making processes happening across and within local health research institutions.
During her undergraduate studies, she was heavily involved with Clinica Tepati, a free student-run health clinic serving the greater Sacramento region and Hermanos Macehual, a community-service-based student organization focused on Chicanx/Latinx student retention and working with underserved communities in Yolo County. Being from the Sacramento area, Sarina remains passionate about connecting people to the resource-rich academic institution and encouraging collaboration between researchers and community-informed policy change.