Debora Garcia, B.S.H.S.
Imperial County Public Health Department
El Centro, CA 92243
Debbie Garcia holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Services from the
Leadership Development Opportunities
I received an invitation to the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute by the California Office of Binational Border Health to collaborate with a border team to develop a binational project on lead poisoning. At first I was very nervous about participating, but as the sessions progressed I came to learn that this learning experience would help me tremendously both in my personal and professional life. I was also very happy to work with our mentor, Brian Hubbard, who truly helped me through all the learning curves. Although I had never had direct experience with environmental health, I learned that all the learning components of this Institute will help me in any professional area. I am truly grateful that the Institute did not only focus on concepts and applications but also focused on developing leadership skills. I am very happy to have worked with a wonderful team and I give a special thanks to all those that supported my journey including family, co-workers and the Imperial County Public Health Department.