Michelle Alvarez started her internship with Project L/EARN her senior year at Rutgers. She majored in Public Health within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Planning and Policy. Her mentor at the time, Dr. Joel Cantor, is the Director of the Center for State Health Policy, as well as the faculty member at the Bloustein School. That fall, Michelle gained the position as the President of the Rutgers University Public Health Association. As a result of the knowledge and experience gained from that summer, Michelle planned to implement a one-day program in February to celebrate Childrenís Dental Health Month with the children of New Brunswick.
At the time of her internship, Michelle had plans for both Pre and Post graduation. Prior to her graduation, she had hoped to be assigned to a local nursing home. She had anticipated applying what she had learned that summer in initiating and operationalizing an assessment of the elderly residents. Michelleís post-graduation plans included pursuing a Masterís degree in Public Health in management and policy with a concentration in geriatrics.