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Meet Our 2015 PCLP Scholars

ATLANTA, GA HOUSTON, TX JACKSON, MS LOS ANGELES, CA
MOUND BAYOU, MS NASHVILLE, TN NEW YORK, NY ORLANDO, FL
PHOENIX, AZ ROCHESTER, NY SEATTLE, WA  

 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Tokunbo Adeniyi

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Family Health Centers of Georgia

A first-year medical student, Tokunbo Adeniyi is dedicated to community service and researching health disparities. She has worked at a federally qualified health center on the south side of Chicago, providing health services to uninsured patients in underserved communities. She mentors young women in foster care due to incarcerated parents. Tokunbo also volunteers at several community clinics during health fairs and screenings.
   

Folami Duncan

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Southside Medical Center

 
A first year medical student, Folami Duncan is passionate about health disparities and community building. As an undergraduate, she organized a citywide health fair, fundraised for health-centered non-profits, and planned outreach programs to reduce poor health outcomes in minority communities through health education and community empowerment. She has provided resources to help young people fight AIDS through prevention and education. Folami continues to work in underserved communities and currently works on an HIV counseling committee.

Theodore Harper

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Southside Medical Center

 
As a first year medical student, Theodore Harper is committed to community service and research. As an undergraduate, he organized a health drive, led a voter registration campaign for first-time voters, and assisted inner city children with science fair competitions. He has five years of experience with microbiology research. Theodore continues to serve his local community by providing health outreach programs and mentoring.

Ashley King

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: The Family Health Centers of Georgia

 
A first year graduate nursing student, Ashley King has a history of community service as both a professional and a volunteer. Ashley worked as a middle school science teacher for 5 years in the underserved communities of East Oakland teaching sexual education and leading students in a service-learning project to better their community. As an advanced practice nurse Ashley is committed to providing primary care to underserved populations, and her interests include prevention, screening, improved management of mental health, and health in general.

Natasha Larose

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: The Family Health Centers of Georgia

 
A first year medical student, Natasha Larose is passionate about attending to underserved communities. She has volunteered at children’s hospitals and previously studied urban health. Natasha has helped young, expectant teenage mothers obtain better healthcare access, mentored and tutored youth groups in Detroit, and undertaken kinesiology research on spina bifida. She currently volunteers with a medical student organization that provides venipuncture at a community health center on the West Side of Chicago.

Andrea Lewis

Rutgers University

PCLP Site: Southside Medical Center

 
A returning Scholar to the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program, Andrea Lewis’s experiences in San Antonio has solidified her interest in working with the underserved, especially in the area of sexual health and family planning. She has volunteered to expose local minority elementary students to science careers through interactive workshops. She has been involved with a Public Health mission trip to the Dominican Republic to offer medication to impoverished Haitians and Dominicans.

Vanessa Louis

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: Southside Medical Center

 
In 2013 Vanessa participated in GE-NMF PCLP in Nashville, Tennessee and engaged in healthcare services and leadership training. Prior to medical school, Vanessa completed a Master’s degree program with a research focus on investigating the effects of methamphetamine on memory. Vanessa was a member of several student organizations and helped to organize a medical outreach organization that provided opportunities to travel and serve in various countries.

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Houston, Texas

Sam Michael

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón

As a first-year medical student, Sam Michael is passionate about serving underserved populations in America and abroad. Born and raised in Nigeria, he is especially interested in providing health care to developing countries. He has participated in mission trips to assist in the provision of health care to underserved communities and orphanages. Sam currently mentors and volunteers with high school students.

Jamilah Perkins

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center

 
A first-year medical student, Jamilah Perkins is committed to serving underserved communities. She currently helps administer patient evaluation surveys regarding healthcare service quality. She has undertaken medical research and mentored high school students. She completed the master of Health Science program and is committed to service.

Sha’Ray Shaw

University of Kansas School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Services

 
Sha’Ray Shaw is a first-year medical student. She has provided health care access to patients of Wyandotte County by implementing a hepatitis C clinic. She also works with local free clinics and nursing homes. The former track team captain for the University of Kansas, she is a leader, team player, and manager. She has organized numerous programs to promote diversity and counseling for high school students. Sha’Ray is committed to volunteering, diversity, and working with the underserved.

Alcha Strane

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Services

 
A first-year medical student, Alcha Strane is committed to medicine and underserved populations of metro Atlanta. She volunteers at a local health clinic and co-created a community needs assessment to determine the barriers for receiving healthcare amongst medically underserved populations. She has shadowed in hospitals and in local primary care centers. She hopes to continue researching the barriers to obtaining healthcare; eventually creating and implementing an action plan that can be applied to other underserved medical communities.

Jose Ting

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón

 
A first year medical student, Jose Ting’s passion for medicine grew through the opportunities he experienced serving underprivileged communities in Chicago and the Bronx. He also gained an appreciation for science through his participation in three research projects throughout his undergraduate career, one of which lead to a publication in an online journal. As a first generation college graduate, and the first in his ethnically diverse family to attend a graduate level academic institution, he strives to be a person who will always remember why he entered the medical field – to help those who cannot help themselves.

Amber Watters

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center

 
Amber Watters is a first year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine. After completing her undergraduate studies, Amber worked as a research assistant in academic and pharmaceutical libraries, contributing to two published papers. She has mentored disadvantaged high school students, worked in the AmeriCorps, and volunteered at a free community health clinic in the Atlanta area.

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Jackson, Mississippi

Chelsea Conrad

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

A first year medical student, Chelsea Conrad dedicates her time to helping those within her community. As an undergraduate, she volunteered with an HIV residential facility, instructed 1st and 3rd grade students at an academically failing school, and participated in various mentoring programs. During her first year as a medical student, she continues to be involved in the community by becoming a mentor and volunteering at various health fairs including.

Amanda Liewen

University of Louisville School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
A returning GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program Scholar, Amanda Liewen has a history of community service. In her undergraduate years, she became a youth crisis counselor and worked as a personal assistant for a physically disabled woman. She is also involved in the community as director of the student-run clinic, and organized volunteer events as the co-chair of the psychiatry student interest group.

Paige Marler

Mississippi College

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
As a former collegiate student-athlete and team captain, Paige understands the power of leadership. Paige also volunteered with a local home building nonprofit, various nursing homes, and a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Paige hopes to impact the lives of those she serves from a medical, physical and emotional standpoint.

April McNeill

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
A returning GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program Scholar, April McNeill was able to incorporate what she learned from that experience in how she educates patients about the importance of healthy lifestyles. As a first year medical student, she initiated a program with the local high school that focuses on healthy living and equipping teenagers with transferable leadership skills that empower them to influence the health of their community. At the completion of the program students will identify, plan, and execute a health initiative that directly impacts their high school environment.

Melissa Minor

Mississippi College

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Melissa, a second year physician assistant student, is passionate about caring for the underserved. Her experiences as a former teacher in a critical-needs area have motivated her to improve health education, awareness and availability. Melissa volunteers and mentors at-risk youth in her area. Her ultimate goal is to provide health care resources to underserved areas in order to minimize health care disparities and increase healthcare outcomes.

Kristin Signater

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Throughout her undergraduate career, Kristin Signater volunteered with local nonprofits and coordinated membership at her church. Upon graduation, Kristin pursued a Masters of Science in Medical Science degree. While pursuing this degree, Kristin engaged in research and presented a poster on the effects of body mass index and the development of cancer in women. Since graduating with her Masters in Medical Science she has begun her medical degree education at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Tedra Thomas

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Tedra Thomas, a first year medical student, has shown a compassionate and driven attitude towards working with underserved populations including homeless and minority populations. Tedra obtained her Masters in Biomedical Science in 2014. She served as a tutor/mentor for at risk youth and as Care Coordinator/Health Educator for Women at a homeless shelter clinic, both in Boston through a national volunteer service corps.

Britney Williams

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
A first year medical student, Britney Williams has a passion for community outreach. During her first year of her medical career she became a certified Community Health Advocate Trainer. She was given many opportunities to network with leaders within the communities, conduct health screenings, provide information about rural clinics for follow-up appointments, as well as educating others about healthier lifestyle options.

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Los Angeles, California

Claudia Cabrera

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Claudia earned a Masters in Global Medicine and has actively participated in medical missions to the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Within her local community in Los Angeles, Claudia has spearheaded health education and disease prevention projects, and played a leading role in developing a community clinic partnership network. As a medical student, Claudia is a patient advocate for socio-economically disadvantaged families and plans to pursue a career focused on improving healthcare for underserved communities.

Frank Ebai

University of Illinois in Chicago College of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 

A first-year medical student, Frank Ebai is committed to serving the underserved globally and encouraging diverse communities. He has volunteered with a refugee resettlement agency in the Chicago area and volunteered at several community-based health fairs in the Southside of Chicago. He helps provide basic healthcare services and education to underserved communities to promote healthier lifestyles. He hopes to become a global leader in healthcare by integrating his interest in cultural diversity with his medical education.

Kaylah Ibidapo

University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child Family Center

 
Kaylah Ibidapo is passionate about healthcare, community service, fitness, and health promotion for youth. She has worked abroad in Thailand to conduct community health research on the association between high STD and pregnancy rates and lack of sex education amongst Asian adolescents. She founded a running club to engage young women interested in healthy lifestyles and fitness. She is currently involved in community service and mentoring programs around Atlanta and hopes to pursue a project promoting health among inner-city youth.

Brittany Jones Linares

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child Family Center

 
A first-year medical student, Brittany Jones Linares is committed to bridging socioeconomic, linguistic, and geographical disparities that contribute to the vast difference in healthcare access in communities. Brittany is currently working on a project to provide sustainable physical and social health classes to sex workers in the greater Los Angeles area. She worked as a surgical assistant and stem cell research co-investigator, and she hopes to extend cutting-edge medical research to underserved communities.

Stephanie Joseph

University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
A second year medical student, Stephanie Joseph is committed to working with underserved communities to eliminate health disparities. As an undergraduate, she tutored refugee children in Nashville, tutored local middle school classes, and became a certified CPR instructor. As a medical student, Stephanie has developed and facilitated a sexual health program for the youth of Atascosa County. She plans to continue to use her social skills, passion for others, and scientific curiosity to improve community health.

Cherryl Matias

University of Southern California

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Cherryl Matias has a diverse background working with the medically marginalized. During her undergraduate career, she became involved with a student-run free health clinic in downtown San Francisco. Her 5-year service as a health coach, member of the Board of Directors, and youth mentor helped her discover her passion for community medicine and patient advocacy. Cherryl also participated in a surgical/medical mission in the Philippines. Cherryl remains active in the community as a tutor to underprivileged students.

Joshua Ononuju

Eastern Virginia Medical School

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Joshua Ononuju, a first-year medical student, is dedicated to advocating for the health of community members. As a pharmacist, he gained valuable experience working in a variety of clinical and leadership positions in underserved and rural communities. Currently, he volunteers at a local underserved elementary school in Norfolk, VA mentoring second and third graders in reading and writing.

Natasha Patel

Mercer University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

 
A first-year medical student, Natasha Patel has been committed to supporting underserved populations and empowering women’s health. She has tutored and encouraged women to pursue independent, empowering careers. She has helped teach skills to women in West African villages that would help them obtain a stable income. She has also led a student organization that coordinated local organizations to further women’s causes.

Natalie Reyes

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

 
A first-year medical student, Natalie Reyes is committed to becoming a culturally competent physician working in primary care to improve healthcare for traditionally underserved populations. Experiencing what it’s like to be part of an immigrant family, Natalie is interested in working with the Latino population and has worked at an annual health fair for the local Hispanic population in Champaign County, providing free health screenings and health education. Natalie is dedicated to inspiring young Latino students to become interested in the sciences and medical field. She aspires to help narrow the gap in health disparities faced by minority populations in the United States.

Isabelle Sanchez

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

 
Isabelle Sanchez, a first-year medical student, has consistently exemplified a commitment to underserved populations domestically and internationally, enhancing contextual care through improving access while establishing lasting rapport. She has worked as a liaison between doctors and patients to manage chronic diseases in West Los Angeles. She has worked in Thailand, the Honduras, and Kenya to further global health. In Kenya, she conducted influenza surveillance in rural hospitals.

SchMiyah Smith

Florida State University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
SchMiyah Smith is a first-year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine. Her work as a disability adjudicator has helped her understand the importance of access to patient-centered medical care. She is also passionate about diversity in medicine, and as an undergraduate, she co-founded a group to guide pre-health students to experiences that would cultivate their knowledge of and dedication to careers in medicine.

Javier Sotelo Jr.

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

 
A first-year medical student, Javier Sotelo Jr. is committed to bridging healthcare access to underserved populations. As an undergraduate, he was involved with community clinics and organizations that provided health services to underserved populations in Los Angeles and abroad. His involvement with underserved populations in Mexico and Ecuador increased his interest in global health and inspired him to obtain a Master’s Degree in Global Medicine.

Cristina Villalpando

University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Cristina Villalpando is currently a first-year medical student at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as the coordinator for a summer urban health fellowship that worked directly with the communities of Garden and Wilmington to provide various healthcare services, such as health education classes and health fairs, each summer. She also implemented a diabetes support group in the community.

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MOUND BAYOU, MISSISSIPPI

Adeline Goss

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Delta Health Center

 
Adeline is a third-year medical student and former NPR reporter with a longstanding commitment to social justice. Her reporting in West Africa and Wyoming focused on the influence of poverty, education, incarceration and trauma on health. Since entering medical school, she has worked with classmates to develop and implement coursework on health disparities and empathic communication. She is a relative newcomer to primary care, having discovered during her clerkship year that her commitment to identifying structural problems makes her particularly adept at caring for patients within the context of communities.

Claire Richardson

University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Delta Health Center

 
A first year medical student, Claire Richardson has demonstrated a commitment to working with the underserved and promoting primary care innovation. A co-leader of the Women’s Support Group and the MSC homeless shelter in San Francisco, she works to bring a safe space for communicating and sharing to the guests at the shelter. Ms. Richardson plans to spend the coming year creating connections between Primary Care Progress and the community, and working to improve access to high quality care for underserved in San Francisco.

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Nashville, Tennessee

Shavonne Collins

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Neighborhood Health

 
Shavonne Collins, a first year medical student, continuously exhibits her passion for community outreach and dedication to service. She is clinic coordinator at a student-run clinic that aims to provide top-quality health care at no cost to an underserved community. Ms. Collins lived and served in an isolated rural community and implemented an initiative that addresses the health needs of low-income families by mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and poor reproductive health practices through preventative education.

Raleigh Fatoki

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Neighborhood Health

 
Raleigh Fatoki, a first-year medical student, has a passion for technology, economics and medicine. Early exposure to clinics that cater to underserved communities influenced him to study economics as an undergrad and become part of the new breed of physicians who can effectively manage patient care, medically and economically. Raleigh is currently Executive Director of a student-run, free clinic that addresses health care disparities by providing free, high-quality medical and dental care to Nashville’s underserved populations.

Aubrey Grant

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
As a third year medical student, Aubrey Grant successfully integrates cardiovascular research, global health advocacy, and care for underserved populations in his local community. Aubrey has tutored inner-city youths through his fraternity, and is a weekly volunteer at a community health clinic. His project will combine his love of cooking with diabetes prevention during his clinical rotation in Nashville.

Eva Martinez

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
As an undergraduate, Eva was Vice President of the pre-medical minority health organization and planned much of the group’s programming. She volunteers at a local community health clinic that serves the west side of Chicago. As a medical student, Eva is a Latino Medical Student Association board member. From a medically underserved area herself, Eva is a first-generation college and medical student who hopes to improve access to healthcare in the communities that need it most.

Vanessa Martinez

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
Vanessa received her BS in Community Health in 2009. She established a scholarship for minority students and a mentoring program in a mobile home community. She worked to help students with physical disabilities and participated in Medical Mission trips. As a medical student, she is part of the Global Medicine longitudinal curriculum and is part of a scholars program focused on the cultural, social, and economic factors affecting Latino health.

Miranda McNear

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Neighborhood Health

 
As an undergraduate, Miranda became a public service scholar focusing on medicine and serving the underserved. After graduation, she served with a national volunteer corps. Miranda directly connected with the local community by tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged sixth grade students at an inner city school. These experiences gave Miranda the desire to become a pediatrician and help eliminate health care disparities seen in at-risk youth.

Katherine Moore

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Neighborhood Health

 
Katherine Moore, a first year medical student, is committed to serving the underserved. As an undergraduate student, she organized several health fairs and AIDS awareness events for her collegee and community. Katherine volunteers at a student-run clinic, TN where she works to meet the needs of medically underserved patients. She plans to pursue a career in family medicine with the hopes of creating strong patient-physician relationships and encouraging those in underrepresented populations to take an active role in their health.

Montray Smith

Northern Kentucky University

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
Montray Smith is a postmasters Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner graduate student at Northern Kentucky University. She has performed medical missions with local, national, and international organizations and has volunteered with numerous organizations that help the underserved. Throughout her career, she has continued to expand her knowledge in nursing and public health.

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New York, New York


 

Isoke Baptiste

George Washington University School of Nursing

PCLP Site: Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc.

 
A third year nurse practitioner student, Isoke Baptiste has always focused her time and attention to inner city teen and young women. During her undergraduate career, she was involved in many extracurricular activities on campus, which included serving as treasurer and head of the health and wellness committee. After graduating, she began teaching in her hometown of Washington, DC where she was given the task of teaching math and science to students who suffered from many social and academic deficiencies.

Nikkia Blake

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc.

 
A first year medical student, Nikkia Blake is dedicated to working with underserved populations. Over the past year, Ms. Blake has completed a yearlong teaching experience with Refugee Family Services, one of the most active refugee family support service agencies in the metro Atlanta area. As a medical student, she has volunteered for a student led healthcare provider for the underserved population. Ms. Blake plans to expand her volunteer efforts through participation in an ongoing medical project, which provides primary care to the locals of northeastern Peru.

Anita Isama

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Urban Health Plan, Inc.

 
A returning GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program Scholar, Anita continued to apply the tools that she learned during her 2014 GE-NMF PCLP experience. Anita served as co-director of a high school pipeline program that exposed high school students to the sciences, health care careers, and health disparities. Anita also volunteered in a phlebotomy lab at a west side Chicago clinic. Anita is excited to explore her interests in pediatrics and access to care.

Adriana Nunez

University of California – San Francisco School of Nursing

PCLP Site: Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc.

 
As an undergraduate student, Adriana participated in health outreach and community service for local underserved communities through a student-run organization. She also volunteered at a non-profit healthcare facility aimed at providing quality and affordable care. Prior to nursing school, Adriana volunteered at two low cost/no cost community clinics in Roátan, Honduras. Adriana aims to bridge health disparities, including socioeconomic and cultural differences, and hopes to increase diversity in the healthcare field through mentorship for students of color interested in healthcare.

Maninder Sohi

Shenandoah University

PCLP Site: Urban Health Plan, Inc.

 
Maninder Sohi is committed to serving the community through volunteer work and she plans to work with a diverse patient population as a healthcare provider. Through her volunteer experience with a local free clinic, Maninder had the opportunity to interact with uninsured patients who were able to receive health services through the clinic. While participating in a medical mission trip, Maninder had the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide general medical care and address oral health care with communities in Leon, Nicaragua.

Danielle Whittaker

Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

PCLP Site: Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc.

 
Danielle effectively integrates her desire to be of service with her interests in the social determinants of health. As a public health fellow based in New York City, she garnered relationships with community partners throughout the city and witnessed the importance of having a strong health center at the core of communities with limited access to health care. Danielle continues to be involved in her community through tutoring, serving at community health fairs, and leading efforts to raise funds for the campus organization that supports health education events in underserved communities.

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Orlando, Florida

Arianne Cordon-Duran

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
While in medical school, Arianne has continued her passion for mentoring high school students, particularly inner-city youth interested in medicine. She was the recipient of service scholarships two consecutive summers, during which time she worked with federally qualified health centers in underserved areas of Chicago. Arianne is an active member of student groups at her school, where she strives to increase campus awareness and interest in serving the underserved.

Shahriar Irani

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
Shahriar volunteered at a free clinic in downtown Columbus, where he worked with members of the community to teach preventative care to children and pregnant women. Shahriar has published two pieces highlighting the most efficient methods in delivering care to the underserved. He is currently doing preceptorships in Columbus, Ohio, where the majority of patients cannot afford basic medical needs.

Evesha Kenlyn

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
During her undergraduate career, Evesha has held tutoring roles including working as a supplemental instructor and volunteering at an elementary school. Evesha conducted research on smoking cessation and worked on several projects through which she has consistently interacted with low-income patients including work ad a program analyst and program planner. Evesha continues to study the interconnections between individual health and community and public health.

Jonathan Williams

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
As an undergraduate, Jonathan was the only African American in his graduating class to earn a BS degree in mathematics at the University of Florida in 2011. During that time, he worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience laboratory. Upon graduation Jonathan actively shadowed doctors at a local hospital. Currently a second year medical student, he has interned at a local primary care clinic, which provides medical care for a diverse array of citizens in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.

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Phoenix, Arizona

Yonte Burnam

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Yonte Burnam, a first-year medical student, has been dedicated to community health. She has helped plan regional medical education conferences and organized medical mission trips, and leads a national student medical association. Yonte also works at a homeless shelter for women and children. She hopes that her endeavors will help her better understand how social determinants of health interplay to affect community health.

Takema Cox

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
A first-year medical student, Takema Cox was born and raised in a medically underserved community, and she is committed to providing quality healthcare to communities similar to hers. As an undergraduate, she spent three years working as a certified nursing assistant, where she witnessed people who lacked health insurance receiving lower quality care. She currently works with homeless patients in the Phoenix metro area and is passionate about implementing change in underserved areas.

Rachel Curry

Duke University School of Nursing

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Upon receiving her Master’s degree in Nursing in May 2015, she will continue her Doctoral work. Rachel previously worked as a Registered Nurse at a clinic hospital. While there, she worked in intermediate care, the emergency room, as well as a nursing supervisor. While working in management she completed her MBA degree. During her undergraduate career, Rachel served disadvantaged populations by participating in home health care rotations in rural towns near her university. Her long-term goals include opening a primary care practice delivering safe, holistic and efficient care to families.

Timothy Ellis

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
A first-year medical student, Timothy Ellis is committed to improving opportunities for underserved youth to pursue careers in healthcare, law, and science. He is the founder, co-director, and osteopathic liaison for the first student-run free clinic in Arizona, where he directs over 100 volunteers. He tries to build a collaborative interprofessional environment that will provide care to the homeless population of Maricopa County. Timothy mentors first generation students, and was invited to speak at conferences on health careers and homelessness. He hopes to continue developing as a leader, professional, and health educator that will improve his community.

Morolake Odumosu

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Morolake Odumosu, a first-year medical student, has a passion for the integration of public health and medicine for health promotion. Her research in mitochondrial abnormalities in Parkinson’s disease also solidified her belief in the combination of scientific study and research in the advancement of medicine. She is most interested in working in primary care to provide preventive medicine to vulnerable populations. She continues to be involved in health outreach programs where she hopes to gain a better understanding of the intricacies and challenges of providing and promoting health in underserved populations.

Gina Robinson

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Gina Robinson, MBS, is dedicated to the pursuit of serving others. Gina spent five years as a teacher delivering a health and wellness curriculum to inner-city youth in Washington, DC. Her interest in health, science and medicine led her to biomedical research where she studied the effects of bisphenol a on the dopamine system. She served as a health education coordinator for a student-led organization at her osteopathic medical school where she recruited other osteopathic medical students to deliver health presentations at homeless shelters.

Tosha Songolo

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Wesley Community and Health Center

 
A first-year medical student, Tosha Songolo is committed to underserved populations in the United States and abroad. She has served underserved urban communities through nutrition and exercise workshops for adults and children. While has interned at a rural referral hospital in Kenya and urban referral hospital in Cameroon, conducting parasitological research for rural underserved communities. She is passionate about promoting global health equity in her future career.

Jennifer Valentin

George Washington University

PCLP Site: Wesley Community and Health Center

 
As a first year Nurse Practitioner student, Jennifer Valentin has spent a majority of her career volunteering in her community. During her time as an undergraduate student she volunteered as the CPR coordinator for military service members and dependents. She was deployed as the base-wide Women, Infants, and Children nurse, a Department of Defense contract position, where she collaborated closely with the base clinic. Upon her move back to the United States, Jennifer became a Hospice Volunteer with a local home health and hospice agency.

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Rochester, New York

Marius Chukwurah

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
A first year medical student, Marius demonstrates empathy and a concern for the welfare of others through his character and actions. While in undergrad, Marius worked on an initiative to provide educational programs that supported disadvantaged and underprivileged inner-city children of Baltimore. More recently, Marius has volunteered at a free student-run, attending-supervised clinic, which aims to serve the underserved and uninsured residents of the Washington, D.C. area.

Abdullah Faiq, MPH

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
As a first year medical student, Abdullah has continued to work with underserved populations. She volunteers with a free clinic run by medical students. Abdullah has a Master’s in Public Health and was a clinical research assistant for three years prior to starting medical school. Abdullah has also been part of fundraising efforts that helped to build an all-girls middle school and a medical education center in rural parts of Afghanistan. She has an interest in working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Claudia Lam

University of Southern California

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
During her undergraduate career, Claudia gained an appreciation for the medical field through research. After graduating, Claudia worked as an EMT, an experience through which she began to understand the needs of various patient populations, including the homeless and medically underserved of Los Angeles. Claudia currently serves as President of her class PA Student Society, encouraging interprofessional collaboration with medical, pharmacy, and occupational therapy students through free health fairs for local disadvantaged populations.

Nathan Lin

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation

 
A first-year medical student, Nathan has dedicated much of his life to serving underserved populations in a relationship-based way. After earning his undergraduate degree, Nathan spent a year working at an international federation of communities of adults with and without disabilities living together. Nathan created a partnership with this organization, where he is currently collaborating with the community members to take more ownership of their wellbeing. He hopes to effectively integrate these experiences and passions into his formation as a primary care physician.

Sara Saghir

George Washington University

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
During her undergraduate years, Sara served as the Director of Fundraising for the Student Nurse Association and was the recipient of a pediatric nursing award. As a doctor of nursing practice student, Sara has written a research proposal to create a prevention education module for adolescent population within the U.S. on domestic sex trafficking. Sara wants to continue to serve the underserved population of Washington, D.C. as a primary care provider and educator.

Arnoldys Stengel

New York Medical College

PCLP Site: Anthony L. Jordan Health Center

 
A first year medical student, Arnoldys is driven by a desire to work with disadvantaged populations and lessen both health and language disparities. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, Arnoldys obtained experience working as a Clinical Research Coordinator for multiple pharmaceutical clinical trials. Arnoldys is currently a tutor creating lesson plans and serving as a role model for underrepresented and disadvantaged high school students.

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Katie Cho

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: International Community Health Services

 
As an undergraduate, Katie’s experiences attending to the uninsured population in Los Angeles and teaching health prevention in Honduras greatly impacted her efforts to improve the allocation of healthcare resources. Throughout her graduate school years and medical school, Katie has sought out opportunities for involvement with several community service events in the Phoenix area. Katie works towards a future with unbiased availability of healthcare in underserved communities.

Eric Covert

Rutgers University

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
Eric left a career in business management to pursue his calling in health care and service. In 2012 he started a charity and health oriented fun run in memorial of a friend, with all proceeds benefiting children with autism. Eric serves as the student representative of the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Student Society. He also volunteered for the New York City Marathon, where he ran as a guide for a disabled athlete.

Herman Lee

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
As an undergraduate student, Herman volunteered as vice-president for an international service fraternity, leading his colleagues into the underserved communities around his university. After completing his undergraduate work, Herman worked as a clinical researcher studying ways to enhance patient engagement in the hospital setting and how it could reduce 30-day readmissions. Herman currently serves as the health education coordinator for his university’s health outreach through medicine and education program.

Desiree Martinez

University of Texas – Pan American

PCLP Site: International Community Health Services

 
Desiree is eager to find opportunities that allow her to fulfill her passion to help others. In 2011, she conducted a breast-feeding intervention in Costa Rica targeting malnourished indigent communities. By the end of her intervention, the rate of breastfeeding among her patients increased by one hundred percent. Desiree has volunteered for many years in a low-income elementary school where she helped tutor children who struggle to speak and write in English, and she continues to volunteer her time performing school physicals for those who cannot afford them.

Shannon Pringle

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
Shannon Pringle, a first-year medical student, has always had a love of people and a passion for service. She is committed to eliminating health disparities and she has worked with at-risk youth, rural village residents in Ghana, homeless men in Atlanta, and immigrants in California. Her wish is to learn about as many people as possible, in order to better serve them as patients in the near future. She is currently the Director of Case Management at her school's student-run clinic.

Oanh Truong

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
During her undergraduate career, Oanh advocated for racial equity and founded an organization that sparked discussions on issues affecting the Asian American community, such as mental illness. Oanh is also committed to serving medically underserved indigenous communities after volunteering at hospitals in rural Vietnam and Guatemala. As a medical student, Oanh provides primary care at a student-run homeless clinic in New Orleans, and mentors at-risk students on nutrition and health.

Jessica Winta

University of Southern California

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
As an undergraduate volunteer, Jessica demonstrated compassion and leadership working with medical students, physician assistant students, and preceptors at her university’s student-run clinic. Jessica committed her free time to monitoring the flow of the clinic and ensuring that every team member had the opportunity to participate in patient education and practice clinical and professional skills in a fast-paced setting. Jessica hopes to inspire others to address medical needs and become strong patient advocates for those in underserved communities.

Temesgen Woldeyesus

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: International Community Health Services

 
While an undergrad, Temesgen served as a volunteer at a clinic, which provides free primary healthcare to the underserved communities of Sacramento. As a medical student he continues to be a presence in the community through his mentorship of at-risk high school students and involvement in community health fairs. Temesgen is a returning GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program Scholar and looks forward to participating in the program this summer at a higher level of training.

Eric Zuniga

University of California – Irvine College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Healthpoint

 
A first year medical student, Eric Zuniga is committed to helping limited English speaking patients navigate their care at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA. After experiencing firsthand the value of providing culturally sensitive care in Spanish, he seeks to pass on these much-needed values to his medical school cohort as a teacher for the medical Spanish elective at UCI. Currently he is working closely with the undergraduates to implement a medical interpreter curriculum.

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