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Meet Our 2014 PCLP Scholars

HOUSTON, TX JACKSON, MS LOS ANGELES, CA MOBILE, AL
NASHVILLE, TN ORLANDO, FL PHOENIX, AZ ROCHESTER, NY
SAN ANTONIO, TX SEATTLE, WA W. MEMPHIS, AR  

 

Houston, Texas

Rosemary Amao

Georgetown University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón

Rosemary Amao, a first-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, has always had a passion for public health and working with underserved communities that resembled her own. Her most meaningful experiences were her years of clinical exposure in underserved areas, leading a Girls Scout troop for inner city youth, and working with homeless children. She continues to be actively involved during medical school by volunteering with the underserved youth in Washington, DC.

Monica Branch

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Services

 
Monica Branch, a first-year medical student, has over ten years of professional and volunteer experience in the health care field. Her most significant experience was being a hospice volunteer, which taught her an invaluable lesson about the importance of service, compassion, and selflessness. As a future physician, Monica's mission is to deliver high quality health care to the poor and underserved. Currently, Monica is developing a health education program in her local community that provides free health education and services for people with diabetes.

Nancy Castillo

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón

 
Nancy Castillo is a first-year Family Nurse Practitioner student dedicated to community service. During her undergraduate career, Nancy provided health screenings and patient education at community health fairs. Last year she volunteered screening, vaccinating, and educating at-risk Asian populations about Hepatitis B in San Francisco. Nancy continues to work with underserved populations at a community clinic, which enhances her understanding of how to best support the health care needs of patients with chronic illnesses.

Joseph Guillory

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón

 
Joseph Guillory, a first-year medical student, was born and raised in a medically underserved community. A future first generation physician, Joseph enjoys serving others in many capacities particularly that of medicine. He completed a publishable research thesis in the biochemistry department while completing his undergraduate degree and has also participated in multiple leadership programs to better prepare himself to be a leader in the field of medicine.

Anita Isama

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center

 
A first-year medical student, Anita Isama has demonstrated a strong commitment to service. Recently, she served as a full-time volunteer Program Assistant at an educational non-profit in Detroit where she taught math and science GED preparation classes to adult women learners and tutored in their Girls’ Program. Currently, she serves as a patient advocate, CHC phlebotomy lab volunteer, and an HPREP mentor for high school students interested in health fields.

Erika Johnson, MPH

University of Alabama School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Services

 
Erika Johnson, a first-year medical student, has volunteered at three underserved clinics which inspired her to help eliminate healthcare disparities. She is passionate about prevention efforts and has educated patients and physicians about smoke exposure while working with her city in an effort to adopt a comprehensive smoke free environment. In 2013, Erika earned her Master of Public Health degree, which will equip her with the tools to better serve her community by changing lifestyles and behaviors.

Anita Jones

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Services

 
Anita Jones, a first year medical student, has always shown interest in working within underserved communities as it relates to health. Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for Eastern and Southwestern Connecticut allowed her to become a vital link for occupants living within those communities. Anita provided health information to soup kitchen habitants, immigrant farm workers and low-income residents who had limited access to care. Currently, she assists in treating underserved patients who live in the surrounding Washington, DC area.

Ashok Kumar Manepalli

Florida State University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center

 
As a second-year medical student, Ashok Manepalli, has worked to integrate health policy and primary care. Prior to enrolling in medical school, Ashok worked with the Vasavi Eye Clinic in the small village of Challapalli, India. The eye clinics were designed to provide free cataract screenings and surgeries for a desperately underserved farming population through local hospitals. There, Ashok gained an understanding of truly effective medical outreach that was both cost effective and meaningful.

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Jackson, Mississippi

Chantell Albert

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

Chantell Albert, a first-year medical student, has a passion for people. Since enrolling in medical school, she began mentoring at a local elementary school as well as volunteering at the Genesis shelter, a homeless shelter dedicated to providing a supportive environment for newborns and their families. Chantell serves as Secretary of the Family Medicine Interest Group and wishes to offer opportunities for those in most need such that they too have more positive life outcomes, especially with regards to their health.

Jennifer Echols

Mississippi College

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
A second-year physician assistant student at Mississippi College, Jennifer is passionate about medically underserved populations. This led her to serve as a U.S. medical delegate in Australia, where she became better educated on universal healthcare and the disparities we face as medical providers. As a former teacher, she understands the power of knowledge and its role in the evolution of healthcare in our communities. Jennifer hopes to continue making patient education a priority while providing primary care to underserved communities.

Jashalynn German

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
A first-year medical student, Jashalynn German has a history of actively committing to community service, medical research and extracurricular activities. During her undergraduate career, Jashalynn conducted cardiovascular research and, upon graduation, became a full time researcher in the field of oncology. Jashalynn continues to dedicate her time to volunteering in settings such as adult and children hospitals, hospices and elementary schools.

Bryce Holland

University of Utah

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Prior to pursuing her degree, Bryce Holland, a second-year physician assistant student, was an advocate for the mentally ill and chronically homeless in Denver, Colorado. Her time and experience working with the homeless highlighted the need for improved access to primary care services in underserved communities. Bryce continues to volunteer her time working at a free clinic in Salt Lake City and regularly participates in community health care events.

Fanshon Montgomery

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
As a rising second-year medical student, Fanshon Montgomery is committed to serving her community. She currently volunteers with a student led and student driven organization whose goal is to motivate and provide resources to underserved high school and college students to assist them in pursuing their dreams of becoming healthcare professionals. This allows her to combine her love for medicine with her belief that there is a civic need of positive role models as healthcare professionals.

Anita Pierre-Antoine

Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Anita Pierre-Antoine grew up in an underserved Haitian immigrant community in South Florida, but left home with a determination to make her love of medicine both her route out poverty and her way to give back. After her undergraduate career, she accepted a fellowship to attend divinity school while providing service to hospice patients in underserved communities. Anita hopes to use the skills, knowledge, and mentorship base from PCLP to direct her career as a physician dedicated to the elimination of health disparities.

Stephanie Phan

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Stephanie Phan is a first-year medical student with a background in Public Health Management and Policy. During her undergraduate career, Stephanie provided health services to the medically underserved while also conducting projects that aimed to increase access to health services and improving efficiency through best management practices. Stephanie has a specific interest in working with underserved and vulnerable populations as a future clinician, while focusing on prevention and health promotion to improve health outcomes in the community.
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Jaleen Sims

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Jaleen Sims, a fourth-year medical student, has been involved with various community health projects in Southern and Central Illinois. She has organized and implemented health fairs, conducted health screenings and presented topics regarding nutrition, diabetes, heart health, tobacco cessation, breast health, sexual health and more at community organizations, work places and churches. As a National Health Service Corp scholar, she plans to work in underserved areas as a primary care physician in the future.

Sotheavy Vann

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Sotheavy Vann, a first-year medical student, became interested in serving the third world country’s medically underserved communities from her personal experience in living in Cambodia. Currently, she is the community service coordinator of American Medical Student Association at Morehouse School of Medicine and regularly participates in community services such as volunteering, mentoring, and tutoring elementary students.

Jasmine Washington

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Jasmine Washington, a second-year medical student, is dedicated to improving health awareness, education, and disparities. During her undergraduate career, Jasmine investigated cardiovascular disease within the African American community in Jackson, MS, and helped to design and implement a program educating elementary students about healthy foods and exercise. Currently, she advises minority students interested in healthcare professions.

Ayana Worthey

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Ayana Worthey, a first-year medical student, is passionate about care for the elderly community. As an undergraduate, she volunteer and voiced advocacy for the elderly population. Her current chair position allows Ayana to hone her ability to match people with the resources they need - a skill of great value to health care providers of the elderly. She is now under the clinical mentorship of two geriatricians, and intends to further focus her efforts around the underserved geriatric population through volunteerism and leadership experiences.

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Los Angeles, California

Moline Blanc

University of Toledo

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Moline Blanc, a second-year graduate physician assistant student, devotes her energy and time to healthcare community services. During her undergraduate career, she completed research on folic acid and coordinated many events for the minority-focused physician assistant student organization at her institution. These events served as opportunities to educate both healthcare professionals and patients. Moline continues to find time to volunteer when she is not busy with her studies.

Rodneysha Brown

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 

Rodneysha Brown is a first-year medical student with a strong passion for serving her community. She was instrumental in establishing a non-profit organization whose members serve as mentors to high school students by encouraging them to be diligent about academics and volunteering. During this early stage of her medical education, she contributes to the community of future doctors by serving as a co-chair for an outreach program through the Student National Medical Association.

Nicole Coppage

Nicole Coppage

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Nicole Coppage, a second-year medical student, successfully integrates research, community service, and patient education into her commitment to underserved communities. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she conducted infectious disease research and later started an organization to help first generation students apply to college. She remains involved in the community by providing free patient care to the uninsured population of Los Angeles at the USC Student-run Free Clinic and presents health topics to students in juvenile detention centers.

Evelyn Escobedo Pol

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
As a first-year medical student, Evelyn Escobedo Pol has had the opportunity to build on her passion for social justice, civic-service and medicine. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she continued to dedicate herself to civic-service and accepted a year-long fellowship in Sacramento, California. Prior to medical school Evelyn had the privilege of working at a leading-edge urgent care clinic in Los Angeles, which shared her life-long vision of being a part of a healthcare team dedicated to providing all patients with accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare.

Ken Kitayama

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Ken Kitayama is currently a first-year medical student and is also a member of UCLA PRIME, a 5-year MD/Master’s program designed for students passionate about pursuing careers in under-resourced communities. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he evaluated e-health interventions through a youth medical program. He has also assisted with Medi-Cal enrollment and piloted an obesity prevention program. As a member of UCLA PRIME, Ken is involved in implementing study skills workshops and mentorship activities for at-risk youth.

Trang Lu

University of Southern California

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

 
A graduate physician assistant student, Trang Lu has a history of leadership, research and community service experiences. In his undergraduate years, he was elected as a senator in the university’s student government and became a strong advocate for the students, helping to reinstate free tutoring services on campus. Trang also conducted research on the interactions between drugs and microbes and their effects on bodily tissues. His diverse personal experiences will be used to promote preventive health during his time in Los Angeles.

Joseph Nelson

New York University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

 
Joseph Nelson, a second-year medical student, has shown tremendous dedication to becoming a leader in medicine, and community service. As a leadership fellow, Joseph reviewed the barriers to the patient-doctor interaction and volunteered at a nonprofit. Later, he received the Sophie Community Research Fellowship and created a method to review community resources in the Harlem area that can help patients to manage their chronic illnesses. He hopes to expand his research to the greater NYC area.

Alejandro Ochoa

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Alejandro Ochoa is currently a first-year medical student and is also a member of UCLA PRIME, a program for students interested in working with underserved communities. Prior to medical school, Alejandro worked for an outreach program in the Anaheim school district for two years as an academic counselor for low-income first generation high school students. Subsequently, he worked for a medical clinic as a physical therapist assistant implementing various rehabilitation exercises and therapies associated with recovering from an injury or disability.

Jordan Rivera

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

PCLP Site: JWCH Institute, Inc. – Center for Community Health

 
Jordan Rivera, a first-year medical student, pledged himself to community service during his undergraduate years. He worked for the referrals committee for Mobile Clinic, an organization that brings medical and social resources to homeless populations, and served for three years as a board member for a group that teaches microbiology to low-income students. Currently Jordan works at a community clinic in downtown Los Angeles, is an active board member of the Student National Medical Association, and a participant in a 2-year longitudinal primary care focus group.

Jade Sanders

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

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

 
Jade Sanders, a first-year medical student, has a history of mentoring younger generations of students. During her undergraduate career, she was involved with an academic support program for underrepresented students in biological science. She continued to pursuit her passion for educating others by becoming the program’s Biochemistry tutor and serving in other teaching roles with other academically focused programs. She remains involved with her community serving as a mentor for students in the Los Angeles area.

Daribel Taveras

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

 
Daribel Taveras, a second-year medical student, has shown a passion for public health. Her first year at Sophie Davis, she joined organizations which allowed her to analyze primary care services both nationally and locally. To get a better grasp of health care around the world, she joined Sophie Davis Global Brigades. She continues to bring health awareness to communities by teaching an STI/HIV workshop to students in the New York public education system and hosting health fairs with her school.

Christina Vu

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

 
Christina Vu, a first-year medical student, envisions a society where healthcare is affordable and accessible to all. With past experiences in tutoring students and working with patients from underprivileged populations — similar to her own background — she sets out to find ways to provide equal opportunities to individuals of low socioeconomic means. An aspiring future family physician, Christina strives to learn how to provide preventative care access to the underserved.

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Mobile, Alabama

Lauren Auer

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: BayouClinic, Inc.

 
A first-year medical student, Lauren Auer is passionate about preventive medicine. Lauren enjoys volunteering during Physiology Understanding Week, which brings elementary students to the medical campus and engages them in learning about adopting a healthy lifestyle. As a committee member of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, she continues to be involved in planning community outreach and advancing Osteopathic medicine.

Courtney Lee

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: BayouClinic, Inc.

 
As a first-year medical student, Courtney Lee has a history of serving her community. She led an organization that implemented workshops on a wide range of women’s issues such as enhancing self-esteem and preparing for college. During her undergraduate career, Courtney participated in various community outreach programs, such as the Go Green initiatives on her campus. While in medical school, she participates in health screenings and mentoring for members of her community.

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Nashville, Tennessee

 

Cintara Bradley

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
A first-year medical student, Cintara Bradley has always been dedicated to community service. As an undergraduate student, she was involved in several long-term volunteer efforts at area hospitals. These volunteer experiences have greatly contributed to Cintara’s passion to pursue primary care during medical school. She shows this commitment by being a member of the healthcare disparities, pediatric, and family medicine interest groups and by volunteering at the student-run clinic and at one of the mid-south’s largest food banks.

Monica Buckner

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

 
A third-year medical student, Monica Buckner learned early about the value of a physician-patient relationship. During her youth, Monica discovered how a strong relationship between a physician and their patients allows the opportunity for patients to actively contribute to their healthcare. This idea prompted Monica to pursue a medical education at an institution that caters to the medically underserved. Monica also has a history in research, learning to correlate pathophysiology with patient care.

Nykia Burke

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

 
During her undergraduate career, Nykia Burke acted as laboratory technician and teacher’s assistant for the Biology Department and assisted with the Medical Institute summer program. Following graduation, she provided tutoring and mentorship to underserved youth and coordinated Safe Routes to School programming for more than 150 Metro Atlanta and South Georgia K-8 schools, during which time she completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Science.

Angela Holliday

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
During her undergraduate career, Angela Holliday was part of several organizations including African Americans in Pre-Health whose mission includes mentoring minority students and providing them with networking opportunities and workshops to aid in their pre-health journeys. She also volunteered for two years at the nearby hospital before completing an accelerated Masters in Biotechnology. Currently, Angela participates in the Student National Medical Association organization and volunteers at the local student run free clinic.

Erin Hough

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
A first-year medical student, Erin Hough has a history of community service. In her undergraduate years, she helped organize two health fairs for the Daytona Beach community with the Pre- Med Society. Later in her graduate years, she organized a Sexual Assault Awareness Week for the school. Now as a member of the Student National Medical Association and the Family Medicine Interest Group at her medical school, Erin continues to be involved in the surrounding community of Atlanta, GA.

Emmanuel Johnson

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
Emmanuel Johnson is dedicated to community service through medicine in underserved communities. Choosing to matriculate at a medical school with a known commitment to underrepresented communities, he strives to embody not only the school's mission but also a personal passion for minority persons lacking access to healthcare. As a Health Disparities Scholar he actively investigates ways in which primary care can be used as the vehicle through which healthcare inequalities can be eliminated.

Heather Luther, MPH

University of Hawaii at Manoa

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

 
Heather Luther is passionate about using her abilities as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and public health professional to work with vulnerable women and children. She currently volunteers in anti-trafficking research and educational efforts. Before this, she completed a Master of Public Health, which came after extensive global public health work at the US Embassy, New Delhi and the Center for Excellence in Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance in Honolulu.

Oyetewa Oyerinde

University of Illinois College of Medicine

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

 
Oyetewa Oyerinde, a first-year student, began giving back to her community early. She began her commitment to community service by providing healthcare to underserved populations in West Africa during her undergraduate career. Later, Oyetewa co-coordinated the Health is Wealth campaign, which set out to increase diabetes and hypertension awareness in Nigeria. Currently, Oyetewa serves as the Community Service co-chair for the Student National Medical Association and continues to be active in various service projects.

Danielle Petta-Flores

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

 
Danielle Petta-Flores, a first-year graduate nursing student, has experience in community health-focused professions and volunteerism. Danielle spent three years as a Community Education Specialist teaching health and sexual education in high-need public schools throughout the Bay Area. She volunteered in clinics and hospitals in rural Ecuador and in the Emergency Department in San Francisco. She is committed to providing primary care to underserved populations, and her interests lie in women's health and managing chronic illness.

Gianna Ramos

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
Gianna Ramos is a first-year medical student and part of the PRIME program, an MD/Master’s program that nurtures her passion for serving the underserved. During her undergraduate career, Gianna studied biology and sociology because she was interested in science, and in learning about how science and medicine were affected by society and the intersections of oppression that continue to exist. That experience reinforced that medicine was the perfect blend of her passions, service, science and people.

Rafael Saldana

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
Rafael Saldana, originally from Costa Rica, is a first-year medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the co-President of the Latino Medical Student Association and a member of the Minority Men in Medicine group, he performs a number of activities, including hosting and attending health fairs and educational fairs for high school students, teaching medical Spanish to classmates, and helping with several other community centered activities.

Jontu Solomon

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Services

 
Jontu Solomon understands the dynamics of being a patient in a rural, underserved area and has worked towards improving access for the medically underserved. During his undergraduate career, he revamped a mentorship program that targets at-risk youth. Jontu also conducted clinic-based research, which focused on the management of diabetes in offices throughout South Georgia and became an advocate for clinic educators in impoverished communities. His ultimate goal is to improve the quality of healthcare in an underserved area.

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Orlando, Florida

 

Adena Hicks

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
Adena Hicks, a first-year medical student, is committed to providing change to the community. Her passion has led her to facilitate a mentor program at her medical school. The program connects underrepresented pre-medical undergraduate students with medical students to provide guidance, advice and a role model. Adena is also interested in engaging change on a global level and has participated in a public health and international development internships.

Keanoo Hill

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
Keanoo Hill's dedication to primary care and public health continues to grow and develop with each passing moment of her medical school career. Keanoo has participated in clerkships at two different clinics in underserved communities, where she was recognized for her ability to communicate effectively with non-English speaking patients and had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant. In the coming year, she plans to do field work in the psychology and research in immunology.

Aparna Krishnan

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
A first-year medical student, Aparna Krishnan is ardent about comprehensive, community-based primary health care. She conducted research on chronic diseases in rural communities, helped design a hospital EHR and played a vital role in fundraising and capacity building. Though Aparna engaged in biomedical research, it was her work in hospice care that compelled her to pursue a medical career. Aparna is a current member of her medical school’s refugee health partnership and works as a patient advocate.

Pollyanna Sanchez-Martinez

Georgetown University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
As a first-year medical student, Pollyanna has a history of leadership and community service. In her undergraduate years, she helped disadvantaged students matriculate to college through tutoring and volunteering with at-risk youth. Pollyanna also participated in community-based research that stressed the importance of healthy behaviors and cultural sensitivity in improving the quality of life of people in low income communities. Currently, Pollyanna enjoys mentoring undergraduate students through SNMA.

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Phoenix, Arizona

Delphine Colar

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
As a first-year medical student, Delphine Colar is no stranger to hard work. As a first generation college student and nontraditional medical student, she remains committed to giving back to her community. Delphine has done so by organizing food drives and mentoring underprivileged youth. Her passion for serving medically underserved populations empowers Delphine to pursue healthcare, education and research toward improving the quality of life for communities in need.

Camie Kuo

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: Wesley Health Center

 
Camie Kuo is a first-year family nurse practitioner student with a driven focus on improving the health of underprivileged families. Prior to nursing, she was a psychological technician in several outpatient settings serving both pediatric and adult populations with neurological conditions. Upon receiving her RN license, she began working as a school nurse to advocate for the health of underserved youths. She also took on the position as a clinic nurse to provide care to local residents without adequate health insurance.

Sarah Mohamedaly, MPH

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Sarah Mohamedaly is a first-year medical student and a public health professional with a strong passion for working with underserved populations. In 2007, she founded a program that provides academic and mentoring services for low-income students. While completing her Master of Public Health, she became an advocate for women’s and children’s health and worked directly with trafficked victims to improve women’s reproductive health. She remains committed to underserved populations through volunteering at student-run clinics and healthcare delivery events.

Cristina Nguyen

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Cristina Nguyen is a first-year medical student who is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in underserved communities. During her undergraduate career, she became an advocate for the underserved populations by volunteering at a free medical and dental clinic, researching cervical cancer, and promoting prevention awareness. Currently, she continues to devote herself to the underserved communities by providing health screenings and preventative care through her school’s mobile health clinic.

Dana Osburn

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
As first-year medical student, Dana Osburn has a history of working with underserved and at-risk populations. After graduating with a master’s degree in Counseling, Dana worked as a counselor at a residential program for women with substance use and mental health issues and later continued servicing urban populations as a case manager. These first hand experiences shaped her understanding of the health care delivery system and how patient care impacts an individual's access to needed healthcare services.

Prisca Osuji

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Prisca Osuji is a second-year medical student with an interest in Cardiology and Nutritional Sciences and has research experience in Cardiac Imaging. During her undergraduate career, she served as a member of the Health Professions Society and also participated in various volunteer activities. Currently, Prisca aims to maintain cohesion within the student body by serving as a class representative on her school’s student council.

Eric Ottey

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Eric Ottey, a first-year medical student, has a deep passion for mentorship and community outreach. During his undergraduate career, he led a campaign to improve the recreation center for the academic community, while volunteering at the local community hospital. While attending a post baccalaureate program, Eric analyzed health disparities through inequities in surgical care and improved the educational opportunities of high school students through mentorship programs. His focus on education through primary care will ensure long-term community health improvements.

Antonique Peterson

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: Wesley Health Center

 
Antonique Peterson, a first-year medical student, is committed to improving healthcare in underserved communities. In 2011, she became vice-president of a non-profit organization focused on building foundations for underserved families within the community. Currently, she continues to be present in the community through involvement with various community projects and shadowing physicians in underserved communities.

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Rochester, New York

 

Elizabeth Carranza

California State University Los Angeles

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
A first-year graduate nursing student, Elizabeth Carranza, has a history of leadership, community outreach, and health promotion. In her years as an undergraduate, she led a community outreach program teaching health education at a local middle school. In 2006, she became a certified personal trainer, helping individuals meet their personal goals. Later in the year, she embarked on her career as an educator and became an "Academic Interventionist" developing and implementing a program for at-risk students.

Gina Guillaume

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
Gina Guillaume, a first-year medical student, has a strong interest in medically underserved populations’ access to quality healthcare. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research with the Minority Access Research Initiative program. Currently, Gina continues to pursue service projects and serves as the class liaison of the Family Medicine Interest Group.

Travis Howlette

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
Travis Howlette, a first-year medical student, remains committed to research and community service endeavors. Prior to starting medical school, Travis spent two years working as a Research Fellow on various maternal and child health related research. Currently, Travis continually looks to increase community health engagement around health policy initiatives within his academic and local community serving the poorest congressional district in the United States.

Gabriela Pauli

University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation

 
Gabiela Pauli is a first-year medical student who studies health disparities among California’s Latino communities. She integrates her previous experiences as a parent educator and community outreach professional to advocate for community-based organizations to create a collective impact in regions of need. At the California Emerging Infections Program, she studied the effectiveness of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis vaccination strategies in preventing infant Pertussis.

Andrea Santos

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
Andrea Santos is a first-year nurse practitioner student who has shown great interest and commitment in working with the medically underserved. Prior to starting nursing school she volunteered at a free clinic run solely by volunteers and as a Spanish interpreter for local organizations in her hometown. Currently, Andrea has joined and volunteered for student organizations on campus that focus on working with the underserved by helping to set up free health clinics, administering free influenza vaccines and serving as a mentor for high school students.

Tiffany Smith

University of Southern California

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
Tiffany Smith is a first-year graduate physician assistant student who shows commitment to community service. Her community involvement stems from her undergraduate years where she organized community activities for the student athletes and volunteered in various hospitals and clinics; she continues to volunteer at her medical school’s student run clinic. Tiffany has also devoted her time to serving as a tutor and a mentor for at-risk youth in her community as a tutor and mentor.

Kawanda Swafford

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.

 
A first-year master’s nursing student, Kawanda Swafford is committed to community outreach. In her undergraduate years, she provided health education about cancer prevention that included risk factors of smoking and carcinogen exposure. As the Co-Director of Health and Wellness at the Eastlake YMCA, she focused her efforts on type II diabetes prevention and exercise programs for youth in the community. At Aids Project of the East Bay, she provided food distribution services, patient education and housing placement to HIV positive individuals in the community.

Jalia Tucker, MPH

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

PCLP Site: Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation

 
Jalia Tucker, a first-year medical student, has many years of experience in biomedical research and community service. She has thrived during her undergraduate and graduate educational careers while also working in the research community. After enrolling in medical school, Jalia co-founded and served as president of the OUT-Patients and is currently working on a health resource assessment with the goal of setting up a coordinated care entity for Medicaid patients.

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San Antonio, Texas

Elizabeth Deyo

University of Washington School of Medicine

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
Elizabeth Deyo remains committed to working with underserved populations. Before starting her medical education, Elizabeth served as an Americorps Health Corps member as a Health Educator and Community Mobilizer. During this time, she helped to develop a low cost youth soccer program, run a volunteer based Zumba class for the community, as well as teach patient health education classes. Currently, she works to increase the diversity of students in medical school.

Andrea Lewis

Rutgers University

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
Enrolled in the dual graduate degree physician assistant and public health program, Andrea Lewis successfully incorporates her love of science with her passion of helping others. During her undergraduate career and currently, Andrea volunteers as an advocate for adult and child victims of sexual abuse and assault. She also volunteers with the Student National Medical Association working to expose local minority elementary students to science careers through interactive workshops.

Philip Ramirez

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
Philip Ramirez, a first-year medical student, has experienced healthcare delivery through various settings. In 2002, Philip joined the US Army and served in Iraq as a medic. Upon completion of his service, he began his undergraduate studies in healthcare and, with a slight push from his family, Philip began to pursue a career as a physician. He hopes to improve the quality of healthcare for medically underserved populations.

Gina Robinson

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
Gina Robinson, a first-year medical student, 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. Currently, she serves as a health education coordinator for a student-led organization at her osteopathic medical school where she recruits other osteopathic medical students to deliver health presentations at homeless shelters in the Phoenix, AZ area.

Velen Tat

University of Southern California

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
Velen Tat, a first-year graduate physician assistant student, is passionate about providing quality healthcare to the underserved. Having been raised with refugee immigrant parents, Velen shares his experiences growing up underserved to connect and advocate for the neglected and marginalized. His work in an emergency room allowed Velen to experience the consequences having no access to primary healthcare. Velen continues to serve the community by providing patient care to Los Angeles’ underserved population at free health fairs and Student-run Free Clinics.

Trang Vu

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
A first-year graduate physician assistant student and native of Vietnam, Trang Vu’s experiences as an immigrant to the United States inspired her to pursue a career in primary care with minority populations. For three years, she investigated the role of cultural factors in the clinical decision-making process of Asian-Americans with cancer and their experiences with the healthcare delivery system. Prior to PA school, she was as an EMT and mentored inner-city children interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.

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Seattle, Washington

Nancy Chang

Nancy Chang

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
Upon completing her undergraduate career, Nancy Chang became a research associate focused on Alzheimer’s disease research. She served as a clinical trials study coordinator, which allowed her to work closely with the Alzheimer’s population. Working with this vulnerable population led to an interest in primary care and a career in nursing. She serves as the student health committee chair in the Graduate Student Association. Additionally, she participates in school activities that provide medical services to underserved populations.

Crystal Loucel, MPH

University of California, San Francisco

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
A third-year advanced practice nursing student, Crystal Loucel has a history and passion for community service particularly in the Latino community. While completing her master’s degree in public health, she became a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras as a Maternal Child Health and HIV/AIDS health educator and later volunteered through AmeriCorps working with Mexican migrant families in obesity prevention. Her current work involves mentoring undergraduate students and coordinating a grant that sponsors an obesity prevention campaign for families in the Bay area.

Fatimah Fahimuddin

Howard University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
Fatimah Fahimuddin has a passion to serve her community and those in need. During her undergraduate career, Fatimah assisted in delivering care by working on mobile health clinics, as well as at a center for geriatric and mentally disabled patients. An advocate for change, Fatimah has written weekly newsletters highlighting health disparities within her community and how to alleviate these issues through interdisciplinary programs. She currently works with underserved communities as a volunteer at a student run clinic, as well as serves on the executive board of SNMA.

Michael Krouse

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
A first-year medical student, Michael Krouse is committed to reducing health disparities and improving access to care for the underserved. During his undergraduate career, he became interested in health disparities after participating in and leading two mission trips to an orphanage for mentally and physically handicapped children near Montego Bay, Jamaica. As a member of the International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship, he continues to serve vulnerable populations by providing health screenings for the homeless and by providing primary care at a free clinic.

Hunter Spencer

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
Hunter Spencer believes that all patients deserve the highest quality care. During his undergraduate career, Hunter empowered elderly community members to achieve wellness through exercise. Serving adults with mental disorders as a volunteer in community and hospital settings taught Hunter the transformative power of patience and compassion in service. Also, his affiliations with a sex trafficking victims’ organization has inspired him to work toward the eradication of health injustices as a student-physician.

Danyelle Thomas

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

PCLP Site: HealthPoint

 
Danyelle Thomas, a first-year dual degree student in medicine and public health, has a passion for the health literacy and access to care. At her medical school, she is an active member of Student National Medical Association outreach and educational events around Miami. Danyelle also serves on the Referral and Follow-Up Team which attends each health fair and identifies affordable care options, counsels and follow ups with the high risk patients to more accurately assess the barriers to care.

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West Memphis, Arkansas

Nicholas Kenji Taylor

Kenji Taylor

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

PCLP Site: East Arkansas Family Health Center

 
Growing up in a single-parent, Japanese-African American household in rural Pennsylvania, Kenji Taylor is accustomed to overcoming cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic differences. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. While working as a research assistant in Japan, Kenji became aware of the lack of access to healthcare by some minority groups, fueling his interest in working with underserved communities. Throughout medical school, he has been involved in diverse leadership and community service activities.

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