Virginia Alvarado, MS
University of Illinois College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Heartland Health Centers
Gina Alvarado is a rising second-year medical student committed to promoting health education and access in underserved communities. While completing her Master’s in Health Communication, she worked with Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to improve communication, health literacy, support, and empowerment for Spanish-speaking families in pediatric intensive care. She also worked to identify and ameliorate access barriers faced by children with complex chronic illnesses in rural Illinois. She continues to volunteer her time to student-run health fairs and minority pre-medical student mentorship and peer education, and is Midwest delegate for her school’s Latino Medical Student Association chapter.
Stephanie Turcios, MPH
University of Illinois College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Heartland Health Centers
A rising second-year medical student, Stephanie Turcios has worked extensively with the HIV+ community in Chicago. She collaborated with the City of Chicago Department of Public Health to provide case management services at community clinics, and assisted in targeting pap smears and cervical cancer screenings in HIV clinics. She has also volunteered as a Spanish medical translator and Diabetes Health Educator. She pursued her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated in 2014. As a research assistant, she studied patient-centered care initiatives. As a rising third-year medical student, she is Community Service Co-chair for the Latino Medical Student Association.
Beatriz Marrón
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Howard Brown Health
Beatriz Marrón’s experience as a first-generation Latina has drawn her toward social justice, children’s and women’s health, and mentorship. As an undergraduate she served as a board member for Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine and was director of the Latino Student Health Project, where she organized community health fairs in low-income communities. After graduation she worked as the Executive Director of Alliance in Mentorship, a non-profit organization focused on providing mentorship opportunities to first-generation students interested in pursuing a health profession. Currently a rising second-year medical student, she serves as Mentorship Co-Chair and Medical Student Representative for the Latino Medical Student Association.
Omotoke Odimayomi
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Howard Brown Health
A rising second-year medical student, Omotoke Odimayomi has a passion for working with the underserved. She graduated from Stanford University in 2015 with a BA in Human Biology, and conducted psychology research on mindset and willpower in preschool children. She served as co-director for the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program. After graduation she worked in children’s mental health. In medical school she is a coordinator for the UCSF Interpersonal Violence Prevention Conference and an educator in MEDTEACH, bringing interactive health workshops to elementary school classrooms. She is a leader for the UCSF chapter of the Student National Medical Association and White Coats for Black Lives.
Ozioma Obiwuru, MS
University of Illinois College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Near North Health Service Corporation
A rising second-year medical student, Ozioma Obiwuru is committed to reducing socioeconomic, ethno-cultural, and linguistic barriers to care. Undergraduate studies in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention trained her in epidemiology and gender/minority health issues. She then completed a graduate degree in Global Medicine, with coursework in cultural competence and medical Spanish. After graduating she led community education seminars at the University of Southern California Stroke Program. Through her involvement with the Young Doctors Club pipeline program, she mentors youth through weekly health-science sessions and activities. She also serves as a leader in her local chapter of the Student National Medical Association.
Boss Povieng
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Near North Health Service Corporation
Boss Povieng’s roots as an immigrant have nurtured a commitment to improving the lives of the underserved. As an undergraduate he complemented his studies with work that promotes youth empowerment and social justice. He then served as a fellow of UCLA’s Dream Summer Internship, culminating with a health fair and free clinic for the undocumented and uninsured of Santa Ana. As a rising second-year medical student he volunteers in the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program, mentoring underprivileged high school students. He also strives to provide opportunities for his colleagues to enact positive changes in nutrition and lifestyle for at-risk patients.