American Studies

Wendy Bravo - Health and Minority Communities

After graduating in December 2012, Wendy began working full-time with Brown & Toland Medical Group in San Francisco. Her work mainly focuses on analyzing the implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs)–a new payment method for doctors, where payments are determined by the overall health of a patient, rather than by how many tests or exams a patient received. Wendy has also continued her volunteer work in community health and soon hopes to become a certified Covered California counselor to help people sign up for health insurance through the states health exchange. Wendy plans on returning to school to complete the requirements for medical school and pursue a career as a primary care doctor.

Area of Concentration Courses

Integrative Biology 137: Human EndocrinologyChicano Studies 176: Chicanos and Health CarePublic Health 150E: Introduction to Community Health and Human DevelopmentNutritional Sciences 166: Nutrition in the CommunityPublic Health 150B: Introduction to Environmental Health SciencesESPM 163 AC: Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment


Wendy Bravo : - "Growing Justice, Cultivating Change: Food, Race, and the Mandela Farmers' Market In West Oakland, California" (Class of 2012)

In light of the growing support for local food movements, led by proponents such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters, Wendy Bravo utilizes the existence of a unique West Oakland food organization–known collectively as Mandela Marketplace–to explore the historical connection between racial discrimination and the current food injustices seen in many African American neighborhoods. In “Growing Justice, Cultivating Change,” Wendy discusses the role of race and privilege in explaining how institutional policies have decimated the food sovereignty of low-income Americans and also examines various cases of food activism in African American communities throughout the country.

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