Ana is a promising second year student in CU Boulder’s Audiology program. Ana is a first generation Hispanic/Latina woman who has a physical and mental disability. Regardless of these conditions, Ana is doing exceptionally well in her doctoral studies and is highly committed to improving access to hearing health in underserved populations. As part of her diversity initiative, Ana wants to work on offering education about hearing loss and providing clinical hearing screenings in minority neighborhoods in the Denver/Front Range area. She will supervise Audiology undergraduate students and first year AuD graduate students who volunteer to conduct the screenings. Given her fluency in Spanish, Ana will be able to counsel patients who may not pass the screenings and refer them to UCH or other appropriate clinics. She will also inform them about possibilities for participating in a joint research project between CU Boulder and Anschutz campuses where participants will be eligible to receive free hearing tests, cognitive screenings and hearing aids at no cost for a year.
Ana is a key member of Dr. Anu Sharma’s laboratory at CU Boulder. Dr. Sharma wrote in her recommendation letter that “Given Ana’s maturity, enthusiasm, focus, hardwork and discipline, I fully expect that Ana will be successful in her proposed initiatives. She expects to present the results of her initiative at State and National Audiology conferences, thereby highlighting the important work being done as part of the Richard D. Wyant Award.”
Ana’s commitment to working with underrepresented populations will have a great impact on our community and beyond. , Ana!