Carmen has been involved in healthcare since 1980. She began her career as a staff nurse on an orthopedic-neurological surgical floor. She chose to return to school to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies at Hunter College. While there she became involved with the Hunter College President’s Task Force on AIDS and took a position at the Hunter College Center on AIDS Drugs and Community Health (now the Hunter College Center on Community and Urban Health). Drawn to health education in underserved populations, she became a Sr. Health Educator for Women In Need (WIN) a private, not- for-profit shelter organization for women where she developed a peer educator HIV/AIDS curriculum, conducted workshops for women living in shelters and women participating in WIN’s outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program in the five boroughs.
Broadening her interest in the field of HIV/AIDS, she lead training and program development technical assistance efforts for community based organizations that served people with HV/AIDS as the Director for Training at FITA (Fiscal Infrastructure Technical Assistance) a CDC (Center for Disease Control) funded program of Public Health Solutions (formerly Medical and Health Research Association). Once again drawn to expanding her academic interests she achieved a Masters in Adult Education and Distance Learning.
In 2019 she completed her Masters in Narrative Medicine while maintaining a full-time position as a Manager of Leadership Development program at NYU Langone Health where she develops a full spectrum of leadership development program which includes coaching, for clinical and non clinical senior leaders. As part of her work she conducts Narrative Medicine workshops for nurses at NYU Langone Orthopedics and the Advanced Practice Nurses at Tisch Hospital.
M.S. Narrative Medicine, Columbia University