Cristi Rabaza (she/hers), Assistant Professor
Health Literacy Disparities for Spanish Speaking PatientsDec 19, 2022
Fun quirky fact about Cristi: I really love listening to people's stories and conveying them the best I can. This is what drove me to study Journalism in college, but these skills very much carry over into my clinical practice everyday.
Why is diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism important to you?
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, after my family emigrated from Cuba, I feel especially drawn to Denver's Hispanic community and find myself using my native language of Spanish as a tool to bridge health literacy disparities among my fellow Latinos. As a Family doc, I practice full scope Family Medicine "from the womb to the tomb," spending my clinical time on the inpatient hospital service, in clinic, on labor & delivery, doing c-sections, and in the newborn nursery. Many of my patients speak Spanish, and I have experienced firsthand the way these patients value being taken care of by a doctor who looks like them and can easily converse in their language. In light of this, I spend much of my time assisting with recruitment of new residents to our program, with a particular interest in those under-represented in medicine.
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