Angelica Ehioba
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
A rising second-year medical student, Angelica Ehioba has demonstrated a sincere passion for justice, equity, and community. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BA in Public Health and minor in Public Policy. As an undergraduate she taught sex education to high school students, and designed a diabetes management tool for a local free clinic. As a medical student she is an active member, Social Chair, and Historian for her school’s Student National Medical Association chapter. She works at the VA as a patient care coordinator, where she sees the benefits of primary care for patients in real time.
  Abdullah Faiq, MPH
Howard University College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Abdullah Faiq is a rising fourth-year medical student who conducted research at National Institute of Health (NIH) for many years, and has multiple publications in the field of autoimmune diseases. In medical school, in addition to other leadership positions, he has held the role of class president. His involvement in the community includes volunteering at a free clinic and being a part of Habitat for Humanity. His international experiences include an Education and Equality mission trip in Jamaica, and a medical mission trip in Cordoba, Argentina.
  Jai McQuilla
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
A rising second-year medical student, Jai McQuilla is devoted to reducing disparities in healthcare. During her undergraduate career at Spelman College she served as President of the local chapter of Operation Smile, where she advocated for disadvantaged children in need of reconstructive surgery for cleft lip or palate. During her senior year, she used her platform within Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society to provide assistance to younger students planning to apply to medical school. Currently she volunteers with youth at the local Juvenile Detention Center, where she creates interactive sessions for teenage girls with information and activities pertaining to physical and mental health.
  Edward Menacho
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
PCLP Site: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
A rising second-year physician assistant (PA) student, Edward Menacho is committed to underserved populations and community medicine. As an undergrad he spearheaded the first Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Conference in California’s Inland Empire. In 2013 he was selected for a congressional internship in Washington, D.C. working for Congressman Raul Ruiz, where he would work collaboratively on bills pertaining to the Affordable Care Act. As a PA student he mentors students and speaks at conferences on behalf of his profession. He is Clinical Team Coordinator for the Student Run Clinic, and has worked to create an interdisciplinary approach to medicine for patients at Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles.
  Anh Thi Hoang, MS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Since deciding to pursue medicine, Ti Hoang has been committed to serving underprivileged groups. After graduating from the University of Rochester in 2013, she volunteered at Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, where she discovered her passion for homeless/street medicine. She also worked at the Patient Care Intervention Center as a Care Coordinator. In 2016 she completed her Master’s in Medical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, where she formed a Health Policy Club. Now a rising second-year medical student, she volunteers at local homeless and domestic abuse shelters, and is a class representative for the campus Family Medicine Interest Group.
  Amber Frazier, MS
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Amber Frazier is a rising second-year medical student with a BA from College of Charleston and a Master of Medical Science degree from Morehouse School of Medicine, where she studied community health. She is a founding board member of On Your Corner, a non-profit organization that equips community members to address social issues that affect health equity. She has also taught math and science to girls from low-income families. She is a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician, and volunteers with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. She serves as Secretary of the only US chapter of the International John Snow Society, a public health organization.
  Hugo Araujo Lino, MS
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: Codman Square Health Center
Hugo Araujo is a rising fourth-year medical student with a Master’s in Chemistry from the University of Idaho. His first health work was as a nurse assistant in acute care and nursing home settings. He has since volunteered and participated in different programs across the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and India. As a medical student, he has participated in a Diabetes Prevention Program as a bilingual co-instructor in Yakima, Washington. He aspires to become not only a great physician, but also an active member of his community promoting healthier lifestyles and advocating for access to healthcare for everyone.
  Fanta Bayoh
Yale School of Nursing
PCLP Site: Codman Square Health Center
Fanta Bayoh is a rising third-year graduate nursing student committed to improving healthcare for marginalized groups. A native of Los Angeles, she attended the University of California Los Angeles and served in community health education programs. She later worked as an HIV/STI Prevention Counselor for AIDS Project Los Angeles. At Yale she is involved in efforts to bring greater diversity and inclusion to the student body, and co-founded the Minority Student Nurses organization. She also volunteers at HAVEN Free Clinic, and is a Student Fellow for the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. She serves as the President of the Black Graduate Network.
  Kelli Gills
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: DotHouse Health
Kelli Gills, a rising second-year medical student, is a native of the south side of Chicago. Witnessing the health disparities that plague underserved communities there inspired her to serve through clinical work and health outreach. She now works with several Atlanta-based organizations including City of Refuge, Habitat for Humanity and Sunshine Brotherhood Community Foundation, Inc. She wants to encourage youth to be active within these underserved areas and pursue opportunities in health-related professions. She is proud of her career path as a future physician, and hopes to lead and inspire others along the way.
  Choumika Simonis, MS
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
PCLP Site: DotHouse Health
Before enrolling in medical school, Choumika Simonis worked as a Maternal and Child Nutrition Intern with the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti. She was an English Teaching Assistant during her Fulbright Fellowship in Indonesia, and was a Community School Director at a public elementary school in Harlem, New York through Teachers College, Columbia University. She received a Master of Science in Community Health Education from Teachers College. She also interned with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she helped schools establish wellness councils. As a medical student she has volunteered at the New Life Volunteering Society free clinic in Chicago and is a Chairperson on the executive board.
  Blanca Contreras
University of Southern California
PCLP Site: Fenway Community Health Center, Inc.
As a rising second-year physician assistant (PA) student, Blanca Contreras is Healthcare Chair for her class board. In addition to organizing community health events, she volunteers at a pipeline program for teenagers and in the student-run mobile clinic for homeless shelters. She also interned at Riverside Community Hospital as a Diabetes Health Coach. She is a mentor at Renacimiento Center for children and teenagers who are at risk due to gang and drug activity. Her background moving to the United States at the age of 14 drives her passion to grow as a professional and give back to her new community.
  Melissa Delia
Howard University College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Fenway Community Health Center, Inc.
As an undergraduate, Melissa Delia served as the Community Service Chair for the Premedical Association of Medical Students. She also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for their dedication to service in minority communities. After graduation, she completed a year of service with Community HealthCorps, where she served at a clinic in Baltimore City, and led prenatal classes for young women to ensure mental and social well-being during pregnancy. She also became a Certified Application Counselor to enroll patients in healthcare plans. A rising third-year medical student, she now serves as Community Outreach Coordinator at the New Freedman’s Clinic at Howard University.
  Donna Okoli
Tufts University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
Donna Okoli is a native New Mexican and graduate of the University of New Mexico. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, she focused her undergraduate development on leadership and clinical experience. She then spent two years as a teacher through Teach for America, teaching chemistry in Fort Worth, Texas. She learned to leverage her leadership skills and abilities to help close the educational achievement gap. As an MD candidate, she plans to focus on how she can continue to be a representative for underrepresented minorities in medicine, and learn how to advance the fight for equitable care for underserved communities.
  Danielle Turner
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
As an undergraduate, Danielle Turner founded the Youth Enrichment Seminar Series, where she created a positive environment in which young minority girls could be exposed to STEM-related careers and mentorship. She also volunteered at a free clinic, providing nutrition classes. As a rising second-year medical student, she is Community Vice President of her class. She is responsible for connecting students with volunteer opportunities in the Augusta, GA area. She also dedicates time to student-run clinics, and is an active member of the Leadership Through Ethics Program. She plans to go into academic medicine, to train future providers how to better serve patients.
  Dasmyn Langston
University of Toledo
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
Dasmyn Langston is a rising third-year physician assistant (PA) student, pursuing both a Master of Science and a graduate certificate in Gerontological Practice. She knew at an early age that service to others would be a necessity in choosing a career. Her commitment to service is exemplified through volunteering as a student provider with several free health clinics throughout the Toledo area. She also works to provide meals to individuals in need, and distributes reading materials to patients and their families as part of the Gold Humanism Well Read program, aimed at improving patient stay.
  Alejandra Vélez Alicea
Tufts University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
Alejandra Vélez Alicea is a rising second-year medical student. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and moved to Boston, MA in 2011 to pursue her bachelor’s degree. She began working as a Spanish medical interpreter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center through the Federal Work-Study program, and has continued to interpret for the Hispanic community of Boston for over four years. During college she also worked as a patient advocate, providing resource referrals and follow up for Spanish-speaking patients. She is passionate about advocating for the health and well-being of the Latino and immigrant communities of Boston.
  Ian Coker
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea Community Health Center
A rising second-year medical student, Ian Coker is a 2017 Paul Ambrose Scholar, leading a project to build a nutrition education garden at a local elementary school. As an undergraduate he served as captain of his swim team and President of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. He also worked as a medical scribe in the Salem Emergency Department. After graduation he interned in the Linfield College Office of Admission, helping further applicants’ educational goals. As a medical student he has volunteered in the Health Outreach Through Medical Education program, and serves as President of his school’s Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
  Christa Harlin
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea Community Health Center
A rising fourth-year medical student, Christa Harlin has been the community service chair of her school’s OB/GYN interest group for two years, and currently serves as community chair for her school’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). As such, she has organized monthly educational talks at Sojourn Women’s Shelter for battered women, led sex education for teenaged girls, and led the East Side Community Health Initiative, a research project investigating how community education impacts a predominantly African American community. She also helped to plan the Fit and Fun program, teaching elementary school students the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
  Iman Rashed
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea Community Health Center
Iman Rashed is a rising second-year physician assistant (PA) student dedicated to healthcare access for the underserved. As a Director of Health Services for service learning at Sonoma State University, she worked with community partners to provide care and recourses to underserved populations. She also initiated a volunteer internship program at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, encouraging volunteers to assist staff in improving care and comfort for patients. She also sat as the Chair of the Student Health Center Advisory Committee, an organization that provides community education on health, nutrition, exercise, and local recourses.
  Gabriela Velásquez, MS, MPH
New York Medical College
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea Community Health Center
A rising second-year medical student, Gabby Velásquez received her Master of Science and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University. She served as Program Coordinator for a high school internship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and conducted research that tested the effectiveness of a brief motivational interview as a means to decrease Teen Dating Violence perpetration. She is committed to working with adolescent populations as a future physician. As a medical student, she volunteers for a student-run free clinic in East Harlem, and is part of the elective Health Policy Round Table group at her school.