Olwen Menez, Jefferson County Public Health

Olwen joined Immunize Colorado through the AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2020. As an Outreach and Education Coordinator, she aims to increase community understanding of immunizations and widen vaccine accessibility throughout Jefferson County.

She graduated from Indiana University in 2019 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Spanish along with a minor in psychology. During her undergraduate years, she founded and directed the Indiana University chapter of Doctors without Borders and she hopes to bring a student chapter to medical school. After her service year, she will be attending Indiana University School of Medicine as part of the Class of 2025. Following medical school, she aspires to do a residency in pediatrics, get certified as a trilingual physician, and eventually travel the world practicing medicine in war-torn regions.

Alongside Olwen’s passion for public health and accessible medicine, she also enjoys exploring the world. She has been to over 40 countries spanning six continents and hopes to explore Oceania soon to have set foot on every continent by 30! Between work and travel, she stays grounded through dance and yoga.

Favorite Movie/Book: Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi because the ewoks are adorable.

Personal Hero: I aspire to impact the world as positively as Dr. Rola Hallam has. She is a British-Syrian doctor and humanitarian who has brought global attention to the conflict in Syria through her work, start up charities, and relentless activism. As an immigrant, woman, and aspiring physician, she is a remarkable role model.

Hometown Fun Fact: I was born in Rennes, the tenth largest city in France and the capital of the region of Brittany. We make the best crepes!

Favorite Things to Do in Colorado: Being new to Colorado, I am excited to explore the region’s mountains by bike!

Why Vaccinate: One simple act can contribute to the entire world’s wellbeing. Modern medicine has granted us mind-blowing innovations that can save countless lives and the most basic of these is the vaccine. Vaccines work - and they protect not only yourself but your family, friends, and neighbors. One little prick of a needle shows empathy, love, and hope.