Keanoo Hill is a current 4th year student of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, she moved to New York when she was eight years old. When she’s not studying for her biomedical courses, she works for In Arms Reach Inc. and does research in immunology, yet one of her biggest passions is studying the health and social development of the adolescent population. She divides her time between friends and classmates in the surrounding Harlem area and with family in Brooklyn.
“The inspiration for my policy came from two sources. The biggest one is my work as lead facilitator of the In Arms Reach Inc. College Prep Program. I’ve been working with them for about a year now and I’ve come to truly appreciate what is means to be an adolescent in an urban setting, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. My students often inspire me to push boundaries and be their voice while at the same time helping them find theirs.
My second inspiration comes from my education. As a Sophie Davis student, I’ve become very familiar with community health, therefore, writing this policy was mostly about exploring the connection between two things I am passionate about. My policy calls for community health centers to recognize the lack of quality care that is made available to underserved adolescents and to make simple changes within their organizations that can make a big difference in the provision of health services to this population.” – Keanoo