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Meet Precious Querubin of Providence Community Health Department SFV

Today we’d like to introduce you to Precious Querubin.

Precious, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
This quote from Vincent van Gogh resonates with me. “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”

At an early age, I felt this need to help people. I was exposed to serving the vulnerable populations, going on mission trips around the world, displaying compassion, kindness, and care. Later on in life, I noticed that there was a trend in the types of positions I held in the workforce. For two years while in college I worked with an agency as an educator, teaching life skills to adults suffering from mental illness.

I then worked for a recovery and rehabilitation organizations that treated adolescents with drug and substance abuse and currently I’m working for the Community Health Department for Providence addressing social determinants of health. It occurred to me at a leaderships training that this was my spiritual calling. I can relate with these populations having gone through some vulnerable and life-changing moments in my life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been challenges. Some of these challenges include securing funding, regulation changes in the delivery of healthcare and changes in the environment.

As a department we encounter individuals and families experiencing homelessness, individuals with mental illness and families who don’t have access to food. These determinants of health affect a person’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
I am the manager of the Community Health Department for Providence in the San Fernando Valley. As a department, we address the following issues, mental health and substance use, social determinants of health, chronic diseases, and access to services. As an organization, we serve the poor and vulnerable and our vision states, “Health for a Better World”

My role is to support, develop and work alongside my team. They are at the front lines addressing these issues, they encounter individuals on a daily bases and at the end of the day they are mentally and physically exhausted. As a leader in the department, I treat my team with compassion, I don’t neglect their concerns and hear them out. I’ve noticed in this role that the best way to serve my team members is to listen.

What I’m most proud of in the work that I do is being able to let people know that I care, which I believe is the foundation of human existence.

As a department what sets us apart from others is that we tackle these issues head-on with limited hesitation and often times with limited funding sources. We think outside the box.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I know it sounds cliché. I believe that if you do the right thing, go after your passions, treat humankind with dignity and compassion life will provide you with everything you need to live a happy and healthy life. I do the work that I do because I truly enjoy helping others, I’m not looking to get something in return. I just do what I need to do to make sure that my team has the support that they need to carry out the amazing work that they do!

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