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Patricia Coleman [CNMI]

Patricia Coleman

Patricia Coleman

Degree sought:  Masters in Public Health
Hometown:  Chalan Kiya, Saipan

What drew your interest to the CHL training program?
I was interested in the opportunity to obtain a degree while still being able to work for my community as well as the Pacific-focus that the CHL program offers.

After completing your studies, how do you hope to impact your home community?
I hope to be able to conduct more studies and interventions to improve the health of those within my community.

Describe one thing that you appreciate about your home community.
The good vibes!(which come from the people who call the CNMI home).

What is a typical day for you like?
Very busy!  My day usually starts at 6:00 a.m. (or earlier) depending on when my one year-old and two year-old wake up.  I work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  I also coach youth soccer on certain days.  Then I usually do school work from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on weekdays.

What are your hobbies / interests?
Soccer and food.

What’s your favorite food or dish to cook?
Hmm…not sure I have a favorite.  I just cook spontaneously when I feel “inspired” to do so.

What is the healthiest dish you know how to cook?
That’s tough to answer because I know how to cook many healthy dishes.  I’ll need to get back to you on that one.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
I would want to visit Italy because of all of the wonderful food that I could sample there!

Any words of wisdom for future CHL trainees?
Manage your time well: don’t procrastinate.  When the going gets tough, remember that you are doing this (going to school) for your community.