Carmen Castro was a member of the 2017-2018 Health and Aging Policy Fellows Cohort. While a fellow, she attained placement in the personal office of Congressman Gene Green of the 29th Congressional District of Texas and Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee where she worked on public health policy. Her second placement was with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Neuroscience where she worked on a project focused on advancing the use of technology to assist individuals with dementia and their caregivers maintain their quality of life while mitigating the risk of threats to their privacy and security.
Since completing the fellowship, Carmen returned to the University of Texas Health Science Center where she serves as the Community Health Education Specialist at the UT Physicians Multispecialty Clinic in Beaumont, TX. In her role, she coordinates the clinic’s health education and wellness programs and researches evidence-based wellness programs in order to replicate and implement programs targeted to meet the specific needs of Beaumont residents. She assesses and identifies the health education needs of patients. She provides health coaching and engages in motivational interviewing with individual patients. She also contributes to the integrated care management team by working closely with the social worker, RN case manager and community health worker to address the psychosocial needs of patients.