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Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, as a proud Afro-Latina, Aura migrated to the USA at sixteen to follow a dream of becoming a professional. She faced multiple obstacles as many young immigrants, such as the language barrier, cultural shock, and the life of a single mother whose goals and dreams were unreachable.

Thanks to the Harrison Fellowship at National Louis University, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services in 2014. For the past ten years, she has dedicated her life to helping immigrants, refugees, and the under-served community of DuPage County by connecting them with resources to find the assistance they need. “In the health department, we collaborate to assess needs, deliver services and coordinate care to improve the health of our clients and community.” DCHD

Today, Aura is a Site Supervisor at the DuPage County Health Department. She informs community members about the services available to them and their families. Among her many responsibilities, she and her team ensure that the community members receive the proper support and assistance needed to empower themselves and be safe. She is pursuing her master’s in public administration.

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Aura Pereddo-Uriostegui, Supervisor,  DuPage County Health Department