Alarcon, Jemma CCSLP Scholar Jemma Alarcón
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Jemma Alarcon has volunteered for developed and evaluated public health interventions with low income populations, immigrants, indigenous and refugee communities in Baltimore, Boston, Mexico, and India. She earned her B.A. in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011 she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of 65 Public Health Associates nationwide in a two year-long fellowship with the New York State Department of Health. Jemma co-founded and serves on the steering committee of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, a 501(c)(3) seeking to establish the first legal needle exchange in Orange County, CA.

Burton, Brittany CCSLP Scholar Brittany Burton
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Brittany Burton graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in psychobiology and a minor in neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked as an EMT-B and volunteered with community outreach organizations such as AIDS Projection Los Angeles and Interaxon. In 2012, Ms. Burton graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Public Health where she received a Master of Health Science in epidemiology. She served as a Program Coordinator to implement research protocols within the marginalized HIV/AIDS community in East Baltimore. Ms. Burton is currently a member of the 5-year dual degree Program in Medical Education – Health Equity where she receives training to better meet the needs of underserved communities. As the co-vice president of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UCSD, she helps lead community outreach events for underprivileged high school students and under-represented minorities in medicine.

Escandon, Martin CCSLP Scholar Martín Escandón, MPH
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

A fourth year medical student, Martín Escandón earned his MPH in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2015, after he graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007, with a BA in Spanish with a minor in Microbiology. Post undergrad, he worked in AmeriCorps as a Patient Navigator in a south Seattle community health center, converted recycled bicycles into pedal-powered farm machines in Guatemala, and studied prostate cancer as a research scientist assistant at the University of Washington.

G, Rim CCSLP Scholar Rim G
Western University of Health Sciences

A third year medical student, Rim received an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is volunteering for a needle exchange program, teaching science lessons to children to open their eyes to engineering, and volunteering for a community hospital in southeast Los Angeles. While in medical school, she is serving as the president of the Global Health Club and leading a summer medical mission to rural villages in Nicaragua.

Hemphill, Kafi CCSLP Scholar Kafi Hemphill
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Kafi Hemphill is a board member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UCSF. In addition to strengthening the pipeline of minority students to medical school, she is volunteering at Clínica Martín Baró, a free clinic in the Mission district that serves Spanish speaking patients. At her undergraduate institution, Ms. Hemphill was the president of the African American Mentorship Program (AAMP), and presently hosts outreach programs for minority high school and college students interested in pursuing healthcare fields. As a member of the founding chapter of White Coats for Black Lives, Ms. Hemphill has been able to work with faculty and fellow medical students at UCSF to impact curriculum and the new dean’s agenda to focus on issues of racial inequity in healthcare.

Kitayama, Ken CCSLP Scholar Ken Kitayama
David Geffen School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Ken Kitayama is an executive board member of the UCLA chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). He provides study skills workshops and mentorship activities for at-risk youth at Optimist Youth Family Homes. In 2014, he was a GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) Scholar; and had the opportunity of having his work presented at the 2014 NACHC Community Health Institute & Expo in San Diego.

Mitchell, Keyon CCSLP Scholar Keyon Mitchell
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Keyon R. Mitchell is a member of the Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS) program. TEACH-MS is a tailored clinical track that prepares medical students to work in urban underserved communities. He also serves as Co-President of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, and Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society chapters at UC Davis. Keyon obtained a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Clinical Health and Health Policy from the University of Southern California. In 2010, Keyon completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Loyola Marymount University. Keyon’s research experience and interests include health care disparities, health policy, healthcare advocacy, implicit bias and chronic illnesses.

Munir, Narrmah CCSLP Scholar Naeemah Munir, MPH
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Naeemah Munir earned a BS and MPH in environmental studies and environmental health during a 5year dual degree program at Emory University. At the Rollins School of Public Health, she conducted research and completed her master’s thesis at Center for Global Safe Water. After graduating in 2012, she worked as a HIV and family planning program manager for Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group in Ndola, Zambia. Ms. Munir recruits mentors and those underrepresented in medicine (URM) for UC San Diego, is the co-president of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) UCSD chapter and Director of Community Outreach and Diversity for the class of 2018 student council, and a founding member of Medical Students for Justice.

Ramos, Gianna CCSLP Scholar Gianna Ramos
David Geffen School of Medicine

A third year medical student, Gianna Ramos graduated from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in 2010 with a BA in Sociology and a BS in Biology. After college, she taught high school biology in Richmond, CA with Teach for America. She worked in the foster care system, volunteered with the San Francisco Aids Foundation and coached high school swimming. While at DGSOM, Gianna has served as Chair of Mentorship of the Latino Medical Student Association, tutored first year medical students and started a mentorship program with LMU premed students.

Rodriguez, Nancy CCSLP Scholar Nancy Rodriguez, MPH
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

A second year medical student, Nancy Rodriguez received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health. In undergrad, she served as a board member for multiple years in UCLA’s Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM), where she led initiatives and students in community based programs for underserved communities and for underrepresented minority students. After graduate school, Nancy joined the Venice Family Clinic, as the Director of Health & Wellness Department and Integrative Medicine/Specialty Care Program Manager.