Mariella Hernandez, 2018 Rudolph Scholar at the Clinton School for Public Service
Mariella Hernandez, of Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a Master of Public Service candidate at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Mariella is a Donaghey Scholar and graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. Prior to her graduate studies, she has been working as a certified medical interpreter and advocating for Hispanic patients’ rights to access healthcare. This summer she will intern in Panama with Give and Surf, where she will work to address the health and nutritional needs of communities in the island of Bastimentos. Mariella is passionate about reducing health inequities by addressing the social determinants of health disparities and hopes to make contributions in this field upon graduation. Her goal is to use her advantages to empower others, specifically by enabling the marginalized and disenfranchised access care that will increase their well-being.