Pamela Valera Combats Cancer Health Disparities in Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Populations


For Pamela Valera, public health is very personal.

Pamela Valera honors the memory of her sister by committing her life to addressing health disparities among those unable to advocate for themselves.

Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

Her youngest sister, Irene, died at age 25 from a rare disease after struggling to get necessary care.

At age 23, Irene was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, which elevates pulmonary artery pressure. With this pre-existing condition, she found it difficult to secure health coverage. “By …read more

Source: Rutgers Today

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