Lashida Barnes is an MPH candidate at Rutgers University School of Public Health, concentrating in Urban Public Health. She received her BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Temple University. She has worked in corrections, healthcare, and social services to promote better lifestyle choices and all-around health. Lashida has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds throughout the continuum of care in clinical settings with the collaboration from a clinic team to ensure wellbeing for patients. Lashida is currently serving as a volunteer with her local health department as a contact tracer to assist in preventing sickness and mortality amidst the COVID-19 epidemic. Her research interests include maternal and child health, wellness, and identifying the needs and problems of marginalized populations. Lashida is resolute and motivated to continue her work in providing education and awareness of various health issues in minority populations.