“Challenging the status quo, empowering communities, and driving health equity are central to my public health journey. The culmination is the privilege to bring an impactful, meaningful, and purposeful difference to individuals — this is my greatest motivator.”
Karol Zhang is a Program Coordinator focusing on secondhand smoke in outdoor areas in Whittier and Montebello. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Karol worked at a law firm, educating Californians on their consumer protection rights. After witnessing her grandfather’s battle with cancer, Karol decided to pursue a future in public health. Her path in public health began at New York University, where she received her Master of Public Health. There, she had the opportunity to intern at a liver health advocacy organization, study abroad in Costa Rica for a nutrition course, and learn from incredible faculty and peers. These enriching experiences fostered Karol’s interests in health equity, community empowerment, and non-communicable disease prevention. Karol enjoys playing the piano, exercising, and playing with her Maltipoo in her free time.