Zabrina Garcia joins us as a Youth Initiative Scholar. She has been working as a certified Medical Assistant for the past 3 years. She is currently working as the Status Neutral Medical Assistant for the Valley AIDS Council (VAC) on the U.S/Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Her position at VAC specializes in retention of care for people living with HIV (PLWH) and clients with increased vulnerability to HIV acquisition on PrEP in the Latinx community. She develops rapport with patients who are new or have been non-adherent with their appointments via phone call, text messages and via zoom or in person. She also participates in multiple community engagement events to offer free HIV testing and spread awareness of the services offered at VAC. She has prior experience working with PLWH when she worked at a federal detention center where she administered anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to detainees and educated them on adherence to medication and their diagnosis. She plans to further her education and become a nurse and enroll in the ACRN program to hold the title of HIV/AIDS Certified Nurse. Zabrina is excited to have been selected to be a part of NMAC and to help end the epidemic against HIV/AIDS!