Alexander Duarte Jr. is a first-generation low-income college student from Fresno, California. Alexander is passionate about serving underserved communities and addressing issues related to the social determinants of health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Public Health and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice and is a current graduate student at the Yale School of Public Health pursuing a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Public Health Modeling.
During Alexander’s education at both UC Berkeley and Yale University, he has gained valuable experience working with various communities through research and internships ranging from providing access to community resources, educating communities on numerous public health issues, and assisting in the development of various public health program curriculums. Before beginning graduate school, Alexander took a gap year and worked for Contra Costa County Department of Public Health in various roles in their COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing department. Upon completing his master’s degree, Alexander plans to continue his education pursuing either a medical degree or a doctorate in epidemiology with the desire to return back to the Central Valley.