Pilar joined the CPC Learning Network as a Graduate Research Assistant in October 2020, while pursuing an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to beginning her MPH at Columbia, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she managed community-based participatory research aimed at addressing mental health disparities among first and second generation Latinx adolescents in Boston. This experience drove her toward the gap between research, policy, and practice in child welfare as a ripe area for public health intervention. Since then, she has taken on various research and advocacy projects including a quantitative analysis on the prevalence of STIs among pregnant adolescents in the Dominican Republic, a qualitative study of barriers to postnatal care utilization in Chiapas, Mexico, and a monitoring and evaluation practicum with UNICEF’s Education Cannot Wait. Pilar seeks to level the playing field for disadvantaged youth by promoting the right to quality education and psychosocial support.