“I strive to combat the root of systemic issues negatively impacting communities’ health rather than treat symptoms of the aftermath. The prevention aspect of public health means focusing on what is within our control.”
Ciara Freeman is a Prevention Specialist supporting the Community Collaboration Program (CCP) and the Prevention Education Program (PEP) in Los Angeles County. The programs aim to reduce youth substance misuse in Santa Monica, Venice, and Culver City. Previously, Ciara assisted the External Affairs team at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Ida and during preparedness month. She also interned at Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) and gained insight into and developed an interest in community engagement.
Ciara graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Journalism. She earned her master’s degree in Global Public Health from New York University. Inspired by her global travels, Ciara looks to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of her career. Outside of the office, Ciara enjoys trying out new restaurants, cycling to the beach and watching movies.