Victoria Monge is the Communications Intern for Shot@Life and started working with the campaign this May. Victoria helps support our communications team on our website and on our social media channels.
Learn more about her in this Q&A!
What drew you to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation?
Although I study primarily domestic health care issues, I have always been very passionate about global health and global politics. Additionally, much of the research that I have been involved in over my time in college has been on the efficacy of pushing for preventative health measures such as vaccinations. Shot@Life has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about both US political stakeholders and global health stakeholders, all while working to advocate for an issue about which I am passionate. Particularly in the midst of the current global pandemic, I am very grateful for the opportunity to help spread the word that a disease anywhere is a threat everywhere, and to support the fantastic Shot@Life community who is doing the important work of raising awareness and funds for these issues.
Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?
I was born and raised in a small town called Saline, Michigan. Currently, I am a rising senior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, where I study Health Policy in Management. I also have a second major in Global Studies, and a minor in French.
Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?
At UNC, my campus involvements include the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, several different research labs, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, and the GlobeMed national global health nonprofit. My favorite campus involvement is the Refugee Support Center, where I work as a Refugee Advocate and French translator. Last summer, I interned for the health insurance company Humana, where I completed a project on the economic value of investing in the social determinants of health for their corporate strategy team.
What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?
I am very excited to be able to spend my summer working with the dynamic yet close-knit Shot@Life team. I am already blown away at the level at which they work, and their knowledge of the ever-changing global health field. I know that I have a lot to learn, and I can’t wait to dive in!
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge for global vaccine advocacy is a lack of awareness of the scale of the problem, and of the possible consequences for children who are not vaccinated. In the United States, virtually everyone has the option to be vaccinated, but it is important to realize that lifesaving vaccinations are not available for many children around the world.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
I have played cello since I was 10, and I had the chance to travel around the country and perform when I was in high school!