Cynthia Garcia joined COPE Health Solutions in September 2019 as a Program Manager for Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. In this role, Ms. Garcia oversees the operations and growth of this site and mentor pre-health students with attainment of their career goals.
Prior to joining COPE Health Solutions, Ms. Garcia was a Research Associate for the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In this role, Ms. Garcia led direct recruitment efforts by enrolling participants for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funded longitudinal two year study, which focuses on testing the effectiveness of telephone based care coordination services for early childhood development. To recruit participants, Ms. Garcia worked with four clinic systems across Los Angeles County and was able to learn four different electronic health record (EHR) systems to perform medical chart abstractions for the study. Prior to this position, Ms. Garcia was a student intern with the California Tobacco Control Program of the California Department of Public Health, where she worked on an independent research project investigating the relationship between youth e-cigarette use and exposure to pro e-cigarette advertisements. From this research project, Ms. Garcia developed an abstract and poster for presentation for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Research for Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).
Ms. Garcia also participated in the Health Scholar program at Emanate Health (formerly known as Citrus Valley Health Partners) for almost three years. She joined the student Leadership Team as the Leave of Absence Coordinator and quickly ascended to Director of Administration Branch, where she was responsible for overseeing the health clearance of prospective and current Scholars of the program. Ms. Garcia revamped the Administration Branch by creating new roles for her team members and initiating a file audit every quarter, which brought non-compliance from 90% down to 5%. Ms. Garcia also partnered with the Projects Branch to enhance the graduation experience for Scholars graduating from the program.
Ms. Garcia received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Public Health from California State University, Fullerton.