Author Vivian Escrogima

Vivian Escrogima graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and has been working in the research and health care fields ever since. Her career began at the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s HIV Center where she worked as a bilingual Research Assistant. For one year, Vivian recruited, screened and collected data for a longitudinal research study that focused on the development of children and adolescents with perinatal exposure to HIV. Although she still possesses a strong interest in learning more about HIV as one of New York City’s most prevalent public health issues, Vivian sought to learn more about health care and social service programs designed to address these important issues. She began working at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry. As part of Dr. Mary Mckay’s research team, she assisted on several public health- and social work-based grants during the course of about three and a half years. Her time spent as a Research Assistant taught Vivian that, despite her affinity for learning through research methodology in praxis, she craved a more hands-on experience where she would have the opportunity to help find solutions for the problems participants reported. She subsequently joined the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health in 2011 as a Scheduling Coordinator and immediately demonstrated a passion and dedication for working with laborers, especially immigrant laborers. Having been born to immigrant, working-class parents herself, Vivian treats each worker with respect and compassion. The quality of her work and interpersonal skills resulted in a promotion to Outreach and Education Coordinator in 2012. She has, since then, initiated and facilitated efforts to provide non-English speaking Responders with additional registration assistance by founding and leading a workgroup solely focused on addressing the recruitment and enrollment issues unique to this population. Now, as part of the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, Vivian has been committed to conducting outreach to the communities that need them most.