Veronica Lugo was born in Mexicali, Baja California and migrated to Yuma, Arizona, when she was three years old. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Environmental & Occupational Health from the University of Arizona. Currently, she is a second-year graduate student at the University of Arizona working towards her Master’s of Science in Environmental Health Sciences. Veronica is passionate about serving her community, which has led her to volunteer with a mobile clinic called Juntos Por La Salud. Northwestern Medical Center, Yuma Regional Medical Center, Pima Health Department, and Yuma Health Department. She is involved in research projects at the University of Arizona and has earned the title of Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program Scholar. She has received various scholarships from the University of Arizona such as Hispanic Women’s Corporation Scholarship, University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Scholarship, University of Arizona Yuma Alumni Scholarship and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Training Grant.

At Amistades, Veronica is the Lead Epidemiologist on the Mayahuel Prevention Consortium (MPC) program working towards substance abuse prevention within youth and adults in Tucson. Her main role is to detect the number of affected youth and adults in Tucson and identify key contributors of substance abuse within the target population.