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Prior to joining Extension, she worked at the UIC Health Research and Policy Centers where she was the program manager for two research projects; one studying the prenatal care practices of first-time mothers, and the other focused on how community-based organizations mobilize community residents to promote change within their communities. While at UIC, Aranda presented at American Public Health Association annual meetings and collaborated on journal articles.
She has dedicated time at various hospitals and health centers working on diverse community health issues. She served on the March of Dimes Illinois Latino Advisory Council. She is interested in promoting children's health from preconception through adolescence. Issues such as prenatal and maternal care, child wellness, home environment, and the child-parent relationship are of particular interest to her.
Aranda's professional affiliations include the Society for Public Health Education and the American Public Health Association.