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Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Veronica Carrillo has been involved with SDRI since 2018, and serves as an Especialista. She is a proud wife and mother whose dedication motivates her to go beyond her comfort zone. Veronica is an exemplary parent who has supported her husband since her immigration to the United States to improve the quality of life for her family. She is an outstanding leader in making Santa Barbara County’s Latino community aware of available resources and promoting diabetes health care. She aims to become an advocate for others, letting them know their rights and assisting them to achieve appropriate care. To Veronica, it is very important have access to health care, which is why her goal as an Especialista is to be a resource for diabetes research by assisting participants with questionnaires while maintaining confidentiality, ultimately being a bridge between education, research, and care that reaches all parts of the Latino community.