Stephanie Montes currently serves as a Health Literacy Project Specialist at UCSD’s Center for Community Health. She is a first-generation Latina passionate about creating innovative, sustainable solutions for community health.
Drawn to cultures and identity, she graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Global Studies and a concentration in religion. Her passion for community engagement led opportunities to study social-cultural dynamics in Laos, Ecuador, and India. Stephanie has previously worked in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. As she spent time as a nurse assisting the elderly population in a convalescent center, Stephanie felt drawn to pursue a career in which she can better equip individuals with community resources among healthcare accessibility. She previously worked as a case manager serving adults with chronic health conditions who were experiencing homelessness. Stephanie further realized that barriers to adequate health care are multi-sectoral and need to be addressed through a transdisciplinary lens.
She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Innovation at the University of San Diego. Through global and local experiences, Stephanie understands the importance of community empowerment needed to battle social inequities that exist today. She is focused on creating sustainable community health models through education, social healing, and accessibility to innovative holistic health care services for those in underserved communities.