Joel's Story: UC Berkeley student says Blue Shield Fellowship is helping turn his trauma into a career

August 2, 2023

Current MCAH graduate student, Joel Rubio (MPH, expected 2024) is one of five interns working at Blue Shield this summer as part of their Health Equity Fellowship. As a teen, Joel Rubio’s parents were deported, and he was forced to fend for himself. Now, he is turning his trauma into a career through our Health Equity Fellowship at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, a program focused on increasing the diversity of professionals in healthcare and building a pipeline of leaders with racially diverse experiences to reduce disparities in health outcomes.