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Rose Castro [CNMI]

Rose Castro

Rose Castro

Degree sought:  Master’s in Public Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage (MPH – UAA)
Hometown:  Saipan, CNMI

What drew your interest to the CHL training program?
I am constantly energized by the people with whom I work, and throughout my professional career I’ve been fortunate to serve on committees with several organizations that make positive health impacts within our communities.  For this reason, I wanted to develop my professional interests in health care quality improvement, chronic disease prevention, health systems strengthening and community-based interventions to better serve the needs of my community.

What are your long-term goals?
My long term goals include completing my MPH degree at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  Upon graduating, I wish to work in an environment where I can continue to learn and contribute in a valuable way.

After completing your studies, how do you hope to impact your home community?
I see my degree opening doors to new opportunities that will allow me to contribute valuably to my community.

Describe one thing that you appreciate about your home community.
The weather, the friendly people and the close proximity of work, family and friends.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned thus far from the CHL program?
I’ve learned that although the 5 CHL jurisdictions are miles apart they all share the same common basic needs and wishes with regards to the health of their community.

What is a typical day for you like?
Get up early, make breakfast, get my girl ready for school, feed the dog, and if I remember, feed the fish.  I then go to work, then leave at 2 p.m. to pick up my daughter and drop her off at home.   I then head back to work, and work until 5 p.m. or sometimes later.   I get home before 6 p.m., cook dinner and feed the kids.   Then I do homework and get things ready for the following day.

What are your hobbies / interests?
I love spending whatever time I have left doing something fun with the kids.

What’s your favorite food or dish to cook?
Spaghetti…it’s the easiest and kids love it!  Well, sometimes.

What is the healthiest dish you know how to cook?
Eggplant with garlic sauce.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
There are so many places I want to see, but if I had to choose one now, I would want to visit Switzerland.  I’ve never visited any place like it, and would like the opportunity to experience and see something different.

Any words of wisdom for future CHL trainees?
Not my own words of wisdom but is something I’d like to share: “You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Buxton