Mauricio Medina

Mauricio Medina

Mauricio Medina

Power Words

Sigue tus Sueños, Conocimiento, Abre Puertas
Pursue Your Dreams, Knowledge, Open Doors

Where were you born? 

Colombia

What school did you attend? 

Pontifical Xavieri University

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

I have been involved in health communications for many years, mostly in Spanish. My work has had a multicultural component and the goal has always been to make it easier for Hispanic communities in the US to access valuable medical and health information. NIH has always been a leading institute for medical research in many areas and has a great staff working to improve the lives of people in the United States and across the world.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I managed the Spanish program at the National Cancer Institute, which included the www.cancer.gov/espanol web site, social media channels, strategic planning and any other aspect related to Spanish and multicultural communities. I am transitioning now from Bilingual Communication Specialist into a role of Lead Communication Specialist at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to work with digital information and minority outreach.

What message would you like to send to young Hispanics who are considering going to college? 

I believe going to college offers a great opportunity to gain knowledge and skills, and to meet interesting people from different backgrounds in life. It also opens a door into a world you didn't know it existed and enriches your life in so many ways. At the same time, it will give you the skills you need not only to make a living later in life but also to pursue interests and dreams, that believe it or not can come true.