Born in Medellin, Colombia, Juan Pablo Sanchez is a public health professional currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF). Growing up in Easton, Pennsylvania as the proud son of hard-working immigrant parents, Juan is motivated to end the cycle of poverty in his family through his pursuit of higher education. His passion for health and education stem from the health disparities he witnessed in his home country and being the product of the opportunities that having access to an education have granted him. The trajectory of his life was transformed when he became the recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, a ten-year full-ride scholarship for his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in public health at any American accredited university.
Through his role with SMART™, Sanchez is tasked with operationalizing the model at expansion sites, by serving as a key liaison for Ginn Group Consulting’s (GGC) internal, inter-disciplinary team of business, clinical, technical, marketing experts and peer mentors, and their collaborations with local stakeholder groups, including educators, medical provider partners and new SMART™ Team cohorts. His health care experience, organizational skills, and capacity to articulate the unique benefits of the model to serve as a core pillar of successful population health and educational improvement strategies have made him an invaluable member of our amazing team.
In addition to his role with GGC and SMART™, Sanchez is currently a member of the USF Health Executive Board and the Director of Communications for the University of South Florida’s Public Health Student Association Executive Board. Furthermore, he has been a member of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s LOFT program (Latinos On Fast Track) for four years, an affiliation that led him to an introduction to GGC’s CEO and SMART™ Model Architect, Melanie Ginn, at the 2017 Inaugural SMART™ Congressional Briefing.
Furthermore, Sanchez has had the opportunity to participate in an education abroad opportunity where he analyzed the health and education systems in over 20 countries through Semester at Sea and will utilize this experience to bring creative and holistic ideas to the SMART™ Model. His experience as a Congressional Health Intern for Congresswoman Nanette Barragan in Washington, D.C. will also help develop policies that will assist in the replication of the SMART™ Model nationwide.
“As a proud advocate for increasing access to health and education for everyone, I believe there is no better way to achieve this than by establishing a SMART™ Clinic in every school across this nation. For this reason, I am passionate about my role in helping expand and replicate the SMART™ Model and am honored to be working alongside such talented leaders with interdisciplinary backgrounds in doing so,” said Sanchez.