Colorado School of Public Health
Noel Metcalf was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her first experience with disasters was living through the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. This experience opened her eyes to the unequal impact of disasters among individuals of differing geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. She relocated to Colorado just in time to assist with clean-up and relief efforts following the 2013 floods. She volunteered at the Larimer County Disaster Assistance Center where she sorted donation boxes, stocked distribution shelves, and assisted flood evacuees with their need fulfillment requests. Noel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography- Global Studies from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Global Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Noel’s academic interests include disaster vulnerability and resilience among underserved and marginalized populations, and how social and environmental factors impact global health. Her current efforts involve collaboration with two Environmental and Occupational Health professors at the Colorado School of Public Health surrounding immersive education as part of disaster management training and curricula. Noel also enjoys traveling, hiking, and eating ethnic food with her husband Matt.