Meet The Scholars: Angel Reyes

Angel Reyes is a PhD candidate in Public Health at Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of Health Policy Research Scholars Cohort 2021.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your research interests are. 

I am a person who values time and I prefer time spent with loved ones. I really enjoy researching the impact of artificial intelligence and its potential to develop a Culture of Health on the global and national scale.

What’s the story behind why you’re doing what you’re doing?  

I have always loved the idea of creativity within the workplace; however, it can be brought down by daily work tasks and routines. Having the ability to automate it would free everyone up to make a greater impact in their field of work. My inspiration rests in the possibility of workflow and creativity.

Tell us about a project you are currently working on that you are excited about.

I am currently working on a website to automate a self-service kiosk and provide 24/7 access to resources for veterans by using the social determinants of health as a framework.

For people unfamiliar with your research area, what is one piece of information you think is important for them to know?  

Artificial intelligence is the future. Learn how to enable this technology in your job, so you can focus on work that requires a higher level of creativity.

Who is a researcher you admire and why? 

Mayra Serrano from the City of Hope. I really appreciate how she runs her operations and the impact on the Hispanic and Latinx communities.

What part(s) of HPRS excite you the most?

Learning how to advocate for policy change.

In the RWJF HPRS program we will work with you to help you think further about using your research to develop policy. If you could use your research to change any policy, what policy would it be?  

Social work in the United States. I would love a 24/7 service for social worker outreach to meet patients based on artificial intelligence.

Here’s a fun question to wrap things up. If you could visit anyplace in the world, where would you choose to go and why? 

I would go to Machu Picchu. I had a really good Peruvian friend, and the idea always brings back amazing memories.

Read Angel’s bio. 


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