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A speakeasy for tasting tea? Only in Miami

Four years ago, former Belen Jesuit Preparatory School buddies Ortiz and Tico Aran, both 30, founded JoJo Tea and quietly became a favorite among some of Miami’s top chefs who both sell and cook with their loose-leaf teas at their restaurants. They work with farmers around the world — visiting them personally or Skyping between Miami and places such as India, Nepal and Taiwan — to bring South Florida some 60 different kinds of the world’s finest whole-leaf tea (whole-leaf tea retains more flavor and natural properties than tea sold in individual serving-size bags at the supermarket).

Alberto Tico Aran is a 2011 MPH in health systems alumnus.

Enjoli Degrasse Parson, 2008 MPH alumna  

Occupational Health and Safety John J. Bloomfield Award

Enjoli DeGrasse Parson, MSPH, CIH, John J. Bloomfield Award: This award goes to a young industrial hygienist who pursues the problem of occupational health hazards primarily by doing fieldwork and demonstrates significant contribution to the profession. Parson, who earned her M.S. degree in Public Health with a specialty in Industrial Hygiene, Risk Assessment and Toxicology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for seven years. She serves on AIHA’s Social Concerns Committee and is a member of the AIHA Minority Special Interest Group and the AIHA Potomac Local section.

Enjoli DeGrasse Parson is a 2008 MPH in environmental health sciences alumna.

Nikita Smith, MPH alumna  

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nikita Smith joined Adventist Health Physicians Network in Hanford as a family nurse practitioner. She earned a master of public health degree in community health sciences and international health development from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. She went on to earn a master of science degree in nursing and family nurse practitioner specialty from Vanderbilt University, School of Nursing in Nashville.

Nikita Smith is a 2004 MPH in community health sciences alumna.


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