Coffee Chat Podcast

This Podcast Interview Series, hosted by Valerie Kryger, is presented to help you get to know your COVID-19 Response co-workers in a more personal way. Join Valerie every month to find out more about your colleagues, what they’re working on, and their favorite morning beverage.

This month Valerie interviews Sara Olvera and Carlos Del Carmen. Sara and Carlos are both participants in the California Public Health Corps Training and Pathways Program, which provides training and hands-on work experience for early-career public health professionals from diverse backgrounds. Join Sara and Carlos as they share their paths to the Pathways program, how their identities influence how they approach their work and how goats and games help them to cope with the stress of their jobs.


Meet Your Pandemic Response Co-Workers: Sara Olvera and Carlos Del Carmen 

Sara Olvera
Sara Olvera

Sara Olvera 

Sara Olvera was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and grew up in Long Beach, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she established her passion for Public Health and commitment to advocate for equitable healthcare for all. Prior to her current position, Sara developed extensive experience working as a patient navigator for a local nonprofit in San Jose and interning with the Health Career Connections program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Listen to the Coffee Chat podcast to hear Sara talk about their experience and COVID-19 response work.

 

Carlos Del Carmen
Carlos Del Carmen

Carlos Del Carmen

Carlos was Born in Mexico City but grew up in San Jose California. He is the oldest of four children and the first to attend college. After earning a BS from UC Merced, he worked in a few labs before becoming a pathways fellow at Madera County. Carlos believes in the mission of public health and hopes to do good for his adoptive Central Valley home. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading science fiction books, and cycling.

Listen to the Coffee Chat podcast to hear Carlos talk about their experience and COVID-19 response work.

 

 

Valerie Kryger, Coffee Chat Host

Valerie has a BS in Nutritional Science and a Master’s in Public Health. She works with the VTA+ as a facilitator and is the Mental Health and Wellness Liaison. In this role, she fosters connection between the Mental Health Task Force and the CoP teams. This enables the teams to work collaboratively and respond promptly to emerging mental health concerns and support a balanced and resilient COVID Response workforce.

Valerie Kryger
Valerie Kryger

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