I am a Somali native raised in America and currently living in London with my husband. In 1996, my family and I fled the Somali civil war and migrated to America as refugees, I was six years old. We were settled in a low-income housing in Denver, Colorado. It wasn’t the best neighborhood, but we were still grateful to be given a chance. In my family, I was first generation to attend college.
I graduated from University of Colorado Denver in 2014 with a Bachelors in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. Shortly after graduating, I worked for the Colorado Public Health Department (CPHD) as a program coordinator. My remit spanned the development and implementation of outreach programmes that were designed to support health education amongst women of East African origins (Somalia, Kenya, and Sudan). This was personally a fulfilling experience as I was able to touch the lives of so many underserved women in that community. I went on to work for a refugee clinic and continued to support newly admitted refugees from Burma, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Russia and so many other places around the world.
Lucy resonates with me given my background experiences as once an underserved Somali woman. I believe Lucy can touch the lives of so many others and I am excited to be apart of this journey.