Early Intervention Dietitian and Service Coordinator, Children's Friend
Cynthia Miranda is a first-generation Brazilian-American from Cape Cod, Massachusetts who earned Bachelor's Degrees in Nutrition and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. She currently works in the Early Intervention program at Children’s Friend in Central Falls, Rhode Island as a Trilingual Registered Dietitian and Service Coordinator. Cynthia considers herself a multi-passionate person. She chose to study nutrition when she developed an interest in healthcare but wanted to focus on prevention through diet as opposed to medicine. She began her career as a Clinical Dietitian at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. In this setting, she quickly became aware of the social determinants of health that impacted her patients, such as homelessness, poor housing, substance use, limited access to food, and history of trauma, to name a few. Getting to know her patients and their life experiences through nutrition counseling led to her feeling even more compelled to prevent negative health outcomes early on. Since beginning her role as a member of the Early Intervention team at Children’s Friend, Cynthia has found it incredibly rewarding to work on an interdisciplinary team of providers serving the most vulnerable children and families of Rhode Island. Working in a home-visiting setting has provided her with a unique perspective on the circumstances that affect an individual’s health and wellbeing, especially for families raising children with disabilities. Cynthia has developed a strong interest in ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, and how early exposure to trauma increases the risk for a number of health conditions in adulthood. Cynthia has immersed herself into learning about healthcare reform and how trauma-informed care and nutrition interventions can intersect. In addition to ACEs, she is equally passionate about the need for more bilingual healthcare providers to support non-English speakers and immigrants in navigating the complex U.S. healthcare system. After a year of working at Children’s Friend, developing this multifaceted view of wellness, and reading “The Deepest Well” by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Cynthia felt called to continue her education and is now pursuing her Master’s in Public Health. She firmly believes that health is a fundamental human right and is devoted to spending her career advocating for health equity for all. Cynthia is also an active member and mentor for Diversify Dietetics, a non-profit organization that aims to increase ethnic and racial diversity in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.