Lorena majored in Economics and Spanish at Douglass College at Rutgers University. As a result of her involvement at the Center for state Health Policy, she has developed a greater interest for the Public Health Policy Sector. In the future, she would like to obtain a PhD.
Lorena reports that the most important thing she learned through Project L/EARN was self-discipline. She also acquired a very valuable set of computer skills and research techniques that she can apply to future research projects. In addition the exposure to an interdisciplinary research environment has broadened her horizons.
During Lorena's Project L/EARN internship she researched the willingness to pay for health insurance coverage of uninsured adults in New Jersey. The study was based on uninsured adults ranging from ages 19-64 by race and Hispanic subgroups in 3 Northern New Jersey counties. She observed how much money these individuals are willing to pay for health care in order to examine whether there are disparities.