Rita is a licensed pharmacy technician with nearly a decade of practice. This experience allowed Rita to find her passion for public health leading her to graduate from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Health Science and Health Care Administration, as well as a Master’s in Public Health. Rita previously worked at the Santa Cruz Health Services Agency in Community Health Education in various programs such as the Syringes Services Program, Tobacco Education, and Traffic Safety. Having worked for non-profit organizations, local government, and large corporations Rita brings a new perspective and beliefs rooted in social justice to her current position at HIP as the program analyst for SafeRx.