Isabella Padilla is the new Communications & Graphic Design Intern for the Shot@Life campaign this summer. Learn more about her in this Q&A!
I have been interested in design since I began college, and through architecture, I began learning more about global sustainability and public health. This drew me to begin working as a graphic designer at the Office of Health Promotion at the University of Virginia, where I found a passion for working with public health and graphic design. Since then, I have been looking for ways to use design in order to make a positive impact in the field of public health. Shot@Life was the perfect opportunity to do so, and I am so excited to join Shot@Life this summer!
I am from Springfield, Virginia, and I just graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in Architecture and a minor in Global Sustainability.
Before working with Shot@Life, I worked at the University of Virginia Office of Health Promotion as a graphic designer. In this position, we aimed to promote public health and wellbeing among students through infographics, social media posts, and other design materials.
I am most excited about engaging with public health as a designer, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m really looking forward to being creative and creating designs that engage people with Shot@Life’s goals. I’m also very excited to work in a team environment, and to learn from others this summer!
I think the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy is access to trustworthy information. Especially during the pandemic, there has been a lot of misinformation floating around, and for many people, it has been difficult to determine what is true and what is not. Moving forward, I think it is important for messaging about vaccines to be clear, straightforward, and accurate.
During the pandemic, I found out that I love to cook! My roommates and I even started an Instagram account dedicated to the food that we make.