Tamara Byrd
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
Tamara Byrd is a Chicago native, and past recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She attended Spelman College as an undergraduate. During that time she studied abroad in Europe, South America, and the Caribbean, and gained clinical experience through the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Washington. She then served as a Howard Hughes Medical Research Associate, and presented her research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Antonio, Texas. She is a rising second-year medical student. She is involved in her school’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association, as well as its student interest group in Neurology.
Se Young (Kelly) Cho
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
A rising second-year medical student, Se Young Cho has a passion to alleviate health disparities for women in underprivileged communities. She has worked closely with homeless women in Los Angeles and mentored high school girls at her local church. As a medical student she has helped arrange a nutrition simulation that sought to educate over 300 health professionals about the impact of climate change on health. She is involved with her school’s OB/GYN interest group, and studies the relationship between chronic pain disorders and gender. She hopes to become a compassionate mentor for her future patients in overall health and wellbeing.
Terraneisha Croffitt
Mississippi College
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
Terraneisha Croffitt, a rising third-year physician assistant (PA) student, is dedicated to serving in underserved communities. As a New Orleans native, she experienced firsthand the devastating effects of healthcare disparities following Hurricane Katrina. As a result, she has dedicated her life to medicine in order to improve the gap between the availability of healthcare and underserved communities especially during natural disasters. During her undergraduate career at Cornell College, she organized service opportunities for college students to volunteer in underserved communities. Currently, she continues to pursue her passions by participating in medical mission trips and volunteering locally at the Jackson Free Clinic.
Stella Fagbemi
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
Stella Fagbemi, a rising second-year medical student, is committed to serving the underserved in her community. While obtaining a BS in Neuroscience at Emory University, she was Project Leader for the Urban Health Initiative, which seeks to eliminate health disparities in Atlanta, GA. Upon matriculation in medical school, she began volunteering with the Lions Lighthouse eye clinic, Hosea Feed the Hungry and City of Refuge. She is also the community service chair for Morehouse’s American Medical Association group. Stella hopes to utilize her education and experiences to bridge the gap in healthcare disparities and bring health equity to the underserved in America and abroad.
Frederick Ferguson
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
During Frederick Ferguson’s undergraduate career, he worked as an after-school mentor and tutor in a local underserved community. Now a rising second-year medical student, he advises and mentors high school age students who express interest in pursuing a career in the health sciences. His experience advocating for youth in resource limited environments, as well as his health professional shadowing experiences, solidified his goal of becoming a primary care physician. He is currently an active member of his medical school class serving as the financial chair and the social chair in the student council.
Jessie Guerrero
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
A rising second-year medical student, Jessie Guerrero is committed to diversity, volunteering and mentoring. While an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, he served as an educational volunteer planner with the Black Latino AIDS Project (BLAIDS). As a medical student, he has volunteered at health fairs and free clinics in underserved communities with the Latino Medical Student Association. As a mentor for Partnership for Progress at Charles R. Drew University, he also mentors high school students in the Watts/Compton area who desire to pursue a higher education in the STEM field.
Michelle Herman, RN
University of Washington
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
Michelle Herman is a Registered Nurse pursuing her Family Nurse Practitioner degree. She co-facilitates interdisciplinary education events for allied health students to develop collaboration and teamwork. As a Neuro Cardiac Telemetry nurse, she is a unit Shared Leadership member. She has been nominated for a DAISY Award recognizing excellence in nursing, and was asked to speak at the Swedish Palliative Care Symposium. Prior to her nursing career, she served implemented adult day health programs for vulnerable adults in a community setting. She has also volunteered in clinics and nutrition programs for at-risk communities.
Neley Morales
Rutgers University
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
A rising second-year physician assistant (PA) student, Neley Morales has served her community as a Spanish-speaking medical translator for underserved populations. She was previously granted a scholarship for her undergraduate thesis, focusing on diabetes treatment through a holistic approach. She has also been a home health aide for patients with cerebral palsy, as well as tutored children and traveled yearly to the Dominican Republic to provide medical services in underprivileged communities. She has also instructed science courses in Jamaica, encouraging students’ interest in medical careers.
Dorjee Norbu
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
Dorjee Norbu is a rising second-year medical student, and a member of the Family Medicine Leadership Track. Having grown up in a medically underserved Tibetan refugee settlement in India, and later in a low-income, first-generation immigrant household in Minnesota, he understands the importance of addressing the socioeconomic disparities in health and improving healthcare in disadvantaged communities. Prior to coming to medical school, he has worked as a community health program coordinator, health educator, and HIV counselor. As part of his ongoing community service and research capstone, he aims to study the barriers to healthcare experienced by LGBT homeless youth in Chicago.
Jennifer Tibangin
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Service Corporation
A rising second-year student pursuing dual degrees in medicine and public health, Jennifer Tibangin has a passion for social justice and advocacy. She has over seven years of volunteer experience with geriatric and psychiatric patients, homeless communities, new immigrant families, and children with special needs in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, and she is passionate about connecting vulnerable populations to essential healthcare resources. She currently serves as the assistant project manager for the Light of the World Health Fair and is a contributing writer to a medical humanities journal at her medical school. She also mentors minority students through the Student National Medical Association, and is engaged in research addressing health disparities in primary care in Dade County.
Elizabeth Simoneit
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Eisner Health
A rising second-year medical student, Elizabeth Simoneit is committed to reducing healthcare inequality. She served as a medical Spanish interpreter during her undergraduate years for a ministry partnership in Ensenada, Mexico and later became the partnership’s co-director. She then moved to Querétaro, Mexico developing skills for community education and bilingual advocacy. She has worked as a special education preschool aide, collaborating with therapists to apply strategies for at-risk children to reach their independent education plans. As a medical student she continues to serve as an interpreter and patient coordinator, and works in health literacy at the Cedro Galán clinic in Nicaragua.
Ebony Funches
Brandman University
PCLP Site: Eisner Health
A rising third-year Doctor of Nursing Practice student, Ebony Funches has devoted her entire career to caring for the sick and poor. Her passion for healthcare has been demonstrated through participation in free clinic events that provide free medical, dental and vision care to the underserved. She spearheaded an innovative and sustainable Diabetes Prevention Program in the community health center setting in an effort to stem the Diabetes Mellitus epidemic. She is devoted to lifelong learning and helping to advance medical leadership, in order to eliminate disparities in healthcare access and outcomes.
Sarah Lloyd
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Throughout her life, Sarah Lloyd has demonstrated a strong passion for social justice and an informed desire for health equity. As an undergraduate, she acted as a tutor, program coordinator, and community liaison at the Georgetown University Center for Social Justice. She has since assisted with gun violence research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and volunteered as a Perinatal Outreach Worker. Now a rising second-year medical student, she is in the Global Health Honors track and volunteers with Catholic Charities providing monthly public health classes at local churches. She also mentors minority high school students interested in medical careers.
Aleece Diaz
Mercer University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
As a rising third-year physician assistant (PA) student, Aleece Diaz has demonstrated dedication and commitment to serving underserved populations both locally and around the world. She advocates for enhanced PA rights by lobbying at the Georgia Capitol. Elected as the 2016 Assembly of Representative for Mercer University’s Godsey-Matthews Student Society of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, she actively advocates for change at the state and national levels and explores leadership possibilities that are available to those serving in the medical field.
Anabel Alcaraz Vargas
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation
Anabel Alcaraz Vargas graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BS and BA in biology and Chicana/o Studies. She served two years as a board member for Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine and was able to plan five health fairs in Los Angeles and Tecate, Mexico delivering linguistically and culturally appropriate care. Upon graduation, she became the academic coordinator for UCLA MEDPEP, a medical pipeline program, which targets underrepresented community college students. Currently a rising second-year medical student, she is a member of the Latino Medical Student Association.
Lawrence Rolle
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation
As an Atlanta, GA native and a recent graduate of The University of Miami, Lawrence Rolle is committed to increasing access to and improving experiences in medicine. Currently a rising second-year medical student, his medical training has focused on providing patient-centered care for the surrounding underserved population of Los Angeles. These clinical experiences have confirmed his desire to help these communities who need it most. With emphasis on advocacy and mentorship, he’s a young aspiring servant leader aiming to diversify healthcare.