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Irene Aguilar

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Was often told that going to college would be a waste of time—says all it took was “one person to say that your potential is much greater than you think it is, so go for it.”
She became the first person in her family to get a college degree.
Worked for 23 years as a primary care provider for Denver Health and Hospitals; currently practices medicine at Clínica Tepeyac, which serves a primarily uninsured and Latino population.
Gave birth to a rare form of genetically identical twins, one of whom has developmental disabilities; this inspired her to participate in public service and health care advocacy.
After learning more about health insurance and how it is funded in the U.S., she became angered by the system—decided to run for public office in order to advance the cause of universal health care.
Received the governor's appointment to the Developmental Disabilities Council and also served on the Vulnerable Populations task force of Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission on health care reform.
Currently serving as one of four Colorado State Senators representing Denver and works primarily on the Committee of Health and Human Services.
Notable legislation she has sponsored includes: creating a commission of health care experts to analyze costs, expanding Medicaid eligibility, and improving access to childhood immunizations.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Washington University in St Louis
Doctorate
Medicine
University of Chicago

Career

Licensed M.D. / State Senator

I am doctor & a Colorado State Senator advocating for health care reform.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Politics
Helping People

Day to Day

I write and draft legislation that mainly focuses around health care reform. I spend a lot of time networking and making connections to help pass the bills.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Learn how to self-analyze and ask for help when you need it. Reach out to others in your life or organizations that can offer guidance and support on your journey.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

It's important to focus on your next step, not what am I going to do with the rest of my life. This will keep you going on your path and keep you open to possibilities.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Medicine

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Why are you going to college?? You are just going to end up getting married anyway. It's a waste of your time."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Disabled Child
First-Generation College Student

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Degree of Impact

Degree of Impact

Doctoral Roadtrip