Hello everyone my name is Alexandra Perez and I am a MiMentor Health Equity Fellow. In The Stress South Central Carries blog, I explore the intersectionality of stressors impacting low-income predominantly Latine communities and the negative health outcomes they experience. I strive to build community around the most effective coping skills to handle these stressors.
Growing up in an educationally disadvantaged community similar to South Central, I encountered numerous academic challenges that impacted my education journey. In the first blog of the series, I will discuss the adverse issues we encountered throughout our high school experiences and progress to college in the subsequent blogs.
“I do not want to be a voice for the voiceless, I want to eliminate the barriers that keep people without fancy degrees out of important conversations.”
“High doses of adversity not only affect brain structure and function, they affect the developing immune system, developing hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed.”