Lea Hamner (BR ’14) is a Latin American Studies major at Yale University. She is from Seattle, Washington, and has also lived in Peru, India and the Philippines. As a child Lea learned to speak Spanish fluently and she spent the summer of 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil so she could learn Portuguese too. Since living abroad, Lea has desired to return to Latin America to work with public health policy implementation and monitoring. She has begun research investigating the virulence of leptospirosis and its spread in favelas in Salvador, Brazil with Dr. Albert Ko in the Yale School of Epidemiology. In addition to her academic interests, Lea is a certified Emergency Medical Technician who works for Yale Emergency Medical Services and for a voluntary ambulance corps in Echo Hose, Connecticut. Lea is a Peer Health Educator and a music enthusiast who has started two music interest groups: the Yale Electronica Association and the Yale Hip-Hop Alliance.