Tammy Thomas, director of undergraduate education for the College of Population Health, who considers Pinto to be an inspiring graduate, says Pinto took two of her classes this year.
“She’s incredibly dedicated to her education and so thoughtful in everything she does,” Thomas says. “I know she’s going to have a bright future. She’s going to do great things in the community.”
Pinto, who grew up in Fruitland, a small town in northwestern New Mexico, says improving health care and advocating for social justice became her passion during her time at UNM.
“It was important for me to (learn how to) somehow fix that connection or just fix the relationship that my family had with health care, making it possible for everyone to have good health and just improve their well-being.” – Lynsey Pinto, Class of 2021 She hopes her newly gained education will lead her to a career in community health that improves the lives of people living on the Navajo Nation.
“The love that she shared for us was everything, and I feel like that relates to population health and well-being in general,” Pinto says. She would not be where she is today, she says, without support from family and friends. “Something that everyone should have is a good social support system,” she says. Pinto’s deep family roots and connections, especially to her grandmothers, gave her a strong foundation, she says. So when the Navajo Nation was on lockdown due to the pandemic, she found being away from home really difficult. And then she lost her paternal grandmother to COVID-19.
“It was important for me to (learn how to) somehow fix that connection or just fix the relationship that my family had with health care, making it possible for everyone to have good health and just improve their well-being,” she says. Pinto recalls having to go to Indian Health Service clinics whenever she or a family member was sick, and they found visits to be an unwelcome hassle.
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