Crystal Lazcano

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Illinois Springfield at Springfield, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology

Graduate Institution and Major: University of Illinois at Springfield, Master of Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology

Bio: I have been working for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for over two years and have manage my own enterprise for over 4 years. I obtained a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from University of Illinois at Springfield.  Outside of handling my business, I work as a bilingual (English/Spanish) Ryan White Part B Coordinator for IDPH Ryan White Part B Program.  This position involves the evaluation of clients entering the Program ultimately working toward client medication adherence. Additionally, I am assigned to IDPH’s Hepatitis C. project, which involves a cohort of clients who are dually HIV/HCV co-infected. In the past, I worked as a Data Specialist. This position consisted of running reports for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other government programs.

Relevant Professional Experience:

Illinois Department of Public Health

  • AIDS Drugs Assistance Program and Medication Assistance Program
  • CARE Data Specialist
  • Vital Records, Office Associate

Research Interest: Investigation of best-practice community engagement approach to reduce health disparities.

Honors and Awards: Schnirring Scholarship Award (2014-2015), Minority Leader Public Service Scholarship Award (2013-2016), UIS James L. Lundquist Memorial Scholarship Award (2015-2016), UIS Leroy Jordan Scholarship Award Recipient (2018-2019)

Professional Affiliations: Tau Sigma National Honor Society (2015-Present), UIS Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. (2015-Present), State of Illinois Health Equity Council (2017-2018), American Public Health Association (2018-present)