CDC Preparedness Field Assignee
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Erika is a Centers for Disease Control Preparedness Field Assignee assigned to the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is a co-lead of the OEPR for Equity Workgroup that had led the implementation of a racial equity tool for building equity principles into emergency preparedness planning. Her work also includes the development of an emergency risk communication framework to guide how NYC's health department will develop, disseminate, and evaluate their messaging in a public health emergency. She also supports planning and program evaluation for health care system readiness in NYC. During past emergencies, she has served in many roles supporting New York City's mental health deployment to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the measles outbreak in 2019. Prior to working at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, she advocated for increasing access to health insurance for undocumented youth as a health equity policy fellow with the Greenlining Institute in Oakland, CA and led obesity prevention initiatives with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. She holds her MPH from San Diego State University and BA in Cultural Anthropology from UCLA.