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Meet the 2016 Fellow: Dora Maria Silva


siliconvalley-Silva.jpgMs. Dora Maria Silva was born in Guatemala and moved to California at the age of six. After graduating from Hayward High School she pursued higher education at University of California, Berkeley and in 2009 graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Environmental Biology and a concentration in Human Health. 

Ms. Silva also founded a nonprofit organization known as Organizing Medicine Globally, while a student at UC Berkeley, which provides health education and referrals to community resources for underserved communities in the Bay Area and in Guatemala. After college, Ms. Silva worked in Santa Clara County at RotaCare Bay Area's free clinics as a Clinic Patient Navigator and later as a Clinic Manager, for over two years. Ms. Silva also worked at Community Health Partnership as a Program Coordinator, for about two years, for the Community Mammography Access Project and later also as a Health Educator for the Every Woman Counts state-funded program. Ms. Silva is now pursuing graduate school to earn joint MBA-MPH degrees, with the goal of continuing her career in healthcare management to increase healthcare access to underserved families.

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