Monica Montaño: An Èxito! Grad Who Has A Passion for Teaching and Helping Others


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Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2015 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2016.

Monica Montaño
Downey, Calif.

With a Panamanian hat-wearing grandfather who pushed his children to go to college and a mom who took her to microbiology classes as a child, it’s no surprise that education is Monica’s main tool to promote health among Latinos. She has a true passion for teaching and not only wants to expose her students to health disparities, but also wants to conduct research and deliver education on cancer and disease prevention across the nation and beyond.  Monica

Monica Montaño received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Community Health Education and School Health Education (2000),  from California State University Long Beach. In 2006, she received a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Monica applied for Éxito! because she thought it would help build and reinforce the skills required to obtain a PhD.  “The role Éxito! provided was giving me the confidence and providing a support system for applying to a doctoral degree,” said Monica.

Éxito!, a program funded by the National Cancer Institute and directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, annually selects 20 master’s-level students and health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute in June 2016, in San Antonio, to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently. Participants also can apply for an internship. Apply now.

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