Portrait of Alicia Sandoval at her home in Upland, CA, on August 11th, 2020. She loves Disneyland, she has a season pass and sometimes (before the pandemic) she would go just to spend her evening there, with company or on her own.
Alicia Sandoval, 31, is the Director of Health Education at Park Tree Community Center in Ontario, CA. "Currently, my role at work during the pandemic is to make sure that all of our chronic disease patients have control of their health in order to help prevent them from getting the virus. I educate chronic disease patients on how to manage their medications, diet, stress, and physical activity during the time of the pandemic. I also educate patients on the importance of vitamins and face masks during this time. My role was also to assist with the creation and implementation of all of the educational materials on COVID-19 for patients and staff. I also have assisted with new policies created for COVID-19 and reduction of exposure. I also assist with managing our COVID-19 drive up testing."
She came to the USA when she was 5 years old. Her family came for a vacation to the USA and never left. Her parents are also essential workers and own a cleaning service and Alicia helps them out sometimes as well. "With DACA also came being granted the opportunity to obtain a work permit to work legally. Prior to DACA, I was working as an independent contractor tutoring children K-12 for a few years. Simultaneously, I was working cleaning houses and commercial buildings with my family. Receiving DACA meant I could finally work in the medical field and was able to use my degree that I worked so hard for." She pursued a Masters degree on Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education at Concordia University, Nebraska. During the program, she worked two jobs in order to pay tuition since she did not qualify for financial aid and I did not want to get any loans. She was able to pay off tuition on her own and in May of 2019, she traveled to Nebraska along with her parents, two of her siblings, her boyfriend, and her two nieces to walk proudly as a Mexican DACA recipient. "My goal for the future is to receive a doctorate in Public Health and hold a leadership position at a large organization so I can help make a difference in people in my community. I would like to create health promotion programs at a large scale to help people achieve healthy lifestyles."
Her family has had a cleaning business "Sandoval Janitorial Services" since she was little girl. Alicia has always helped her parents out in their business and the job has helped her make money through out her life. Because of the pandemic, a lot of her parents workers stoped coming to work because they had no place to leave their kids. Alicia had to step in and helped them out to meet the businesses demand. She works Monday through Friday at the clinic as Director of Health Education and helps her parents with their cleaning business on the weekends.