Dianna Abreu grew up in the South Bronx of New York City where she experienced the “flavor, life, and energy” of the big city while adopting an appreciation for community.
At one point as a child, Dianna came down with an illness that required a trip to the hospital. Rather than going to the facility just down the block from her home, her parents drove 40 minutes to a hospital in downtown Manhattan.
This was the first time Dianna realized not all healthcare in the United States was equitable. As a child, it simply didn’t make sense to Dianna why where she lived affected the quality of healthcare she could receive. Why, she came to wonder, are marginalized populations not as deserving of good healthcare?