Selenne Alatorre MPH ’18

Community Health Researcher, Boston University

by Arvin Temkar, USF Magazine

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More than 13 million children in America — a high proportion of them Hispanic and Black — are obese and in danger of diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease, says Selenne Alatorre. In her work as a research project manager at Boston University, she’s providing underserved kids with resources to make healthier choices.

For Alatorre, the fight hits close to home: She grew up in a low-income neighborhood without easy access to grocery stores with healthy food choices, she says.

“To be able to bring something to neighborhoods that reflect my own neighborhood growing up, it’s powerful.”