We are pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Sims, as the Director of Operations for UF HealthStreet!
While completing her associate degree at Santa Fe College, Victoria participated in the World Traveler’s Club and Chinese Club to learn more about various backgrounds and cultures within the community. She studied abroad in Beijing, China at Beijing Union University with Santa Fe College’s Study Abroad Program studying Asian Humanities and Comparative Politics. Victoria received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree from the University of West Florida, and she is currently a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate at Baylor University with a concentration in community health. As a previous Research Interviewer at the University of Florida, Victoria worked the MUSE study (PI Cottler) a cross-sectional study for individuals with chronic pain that are taking extended-release/long-acting opioids. Moreover, she previously worked as a Community Health Worker (CHW) on the Department of Health grant project (PI Cottler and Striley) that provides cognitive and memory assessments to individuals 60 years of age and older throughout Florida.
Victoria worked as a CHW and actively participated in connecting with community organizations throughout five counties (i.e., Alachua, Bay, Gulf, Washington, and Putnam) to connect community members to research opportunities and provide social and medical referrals. For the past seven years, she has volunteered for EDWarriors (Eating Disorder Warriors), a non-profit organization that raises money for individuals in need of support for eating disorder treatment and raises awareness of eating disorders within the community. Victoria’s recent accomplishments include an internship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth, Texas with the completion of a program evaluation of UNTHSC’s Mental Illness Awareness Week’s 2020 program. Victoria identified the program’s strengths and limitations then developed recommendations to further strengthen the program’s efforts in increasing access to mental illness resources and reducing mental illness stigmas among the UNTHSCs community. These changes will be implemented in the MIAW 2021 program.
“I often joke that I can’t go anywhere without knowing someone. I love being social and getting to know other people and their stories. Developing friendships has always been one of my greatest traits. I’ve never met a stranger.” – Victoria Sims
With world-view experience and knowledge, Victoria also brings her passion for the work that HealthStreet has accomplished. She is enthusiastic about providing useful resources and tools to community members, connecting community members to research opportunities, advocating research and science, utilizing preventative interventions, and developing partnerships to reduce health disparities within the community. Her future goals are to complete the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam in April 2021, gain new partnerships with public health/social services organizations throughout Florida, and travel to all seven continents.
We are excited to welcome Victoria Sims into this role as our new Director of Operations for UF HealthStreet!