Collier, Erin Erin Collier
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation
A first-year medical student, Erin Collier is dedicated to working with underserved communities and bringing awareness to health disparities. During her undergraduate career, she traveled to Central America on a medical mission and provided healthcare to the poorest communities. Erin also works as a coordinator for Partnership 4
Progress, a community-based program focused on providing mentorship for high school students and giving students ideas on how to combat health inequities.
Davidson, Brittany B.S. Katherine Davidson
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation
B.S. Katherine Davidson is a first year medical student with an extensive history in serving underserved communities nationwide and abroad. Currently, she serves as the medical school representative for the newly founded New Orleans Women’s and Children’s Shelter Outreach Program. She continues her community involvement by hosting health fairs, weekly health education programs, and monthly health clinics for the women and children of New Orleans, LA. As a mentor for the Tiger Cubs program, she is excited to provide inner-city youth with positive role models, guidance, and discuss prevalent issues that plague today’s youth.
De La Cerda, Amanda Amanda Da La Cerda
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
During her time as a post baccalaureate student, Amanda Da La Cerda used her skills as an educator in her role as the Co-Director of the Summer Science Institute which worked to promote the entry of underrepresented minority students into the health professions by means of academic support, community building and mentorship. Her effectiveness as a health coach was evidenced by the positive results with patient-led action plans and the lowering of clinical values. Currently, Amanda is enrolled in UCLA’s PRIME Program, a dual degree program focusing on the development of leaders in medicine who will improve the health care delivery, research, and policy in underserved communities.
Fernandez, Cindy 1 Cindy Guadalupe Fernandez
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
Cindy Guadalupe Fernandez has a history of service and advocacy for underserved communities. As an undergraduate, she served on the executive board of Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, whose focus include improvement of healthcare access for underserved communities. As part of the AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps team, Cindy served as a health educator on chronic condition management and developed childhood obesity prevention programs and strengthened collaboration among family resource centers to combat the socioeconomic barriers patients face in accessing healthcare. Currently, she fosters pre-health students’ interest in medicine as the Mentorship Co-Chair for her school’s chapter of Latino Medical Student Association.
Membreno, Jessica Jessica Membreno
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Jessica Membreno is passionate about improving healthcare in underserved communities and mentoring others that wish to do the same. As an undergrad, she became involved with Flying Samaritans, an organization that travels monthly to rural Mexico to provide free healthcare. She also continues this work by volunteering at several free clinics managed and run by UC Irvine School of Medicine students. She has recently become the Chair of Family Medicine Interest Group in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of primary care to the rest of her student body. To encourage and support aspiring undergrad students she has joined several mentorship programs.
Okonkwo, Nonye Nonye Okonkwo
Stony Brook University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
As a graduate chemistry student, Nonye Okonkwo discovered that the toughest part of teaching and mentoring wasn’t getting students to do well on exams, but implementing innovative ways to support their dynamic strengths and cultural influences. After working with Upward Bound, Nonye created “The bScience Initiative” to deliver year-round, quality mentoring and tutoring to 1st -generation high school students. Her outreach and academic achievements were recognized by the prestigious National Institutes of Health and California State University Chancellors Office. She accredits these experiences in compelling her to dedicate her 1st year as a medical student to helping elevate minority pre-medical students to STEM careers.
Jun, Charles 1 Charles Jun
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Charles Jun is a first-year medical student at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his undergraduate years at University of California, San Diego, he was actively involved in grassroots movement and overseas volunteer trips to help the underserved. He has shadowing experiences serving at a federally qualified health center in the Los Angeles area and learning about the medical needs specific to Los Angeles. He hopes to enter the health care field with an ambition to make a mark in the community he serves.
Robinson, Kimyetta 1 Kimyetta Robinson
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
A first-year medical student, Kimyetta Robinson has a history of community service for underserved communities. She is passionate about providing education on issues related to healthcare and health disparities. As an undergraduate she participated in several high school outreach programs and planned numerous programs to spread awareness about problems affecting girls, women, and minority communities. She has also explored her interest in global health by participating in a Missions trip to the Dominican Republic. Kimyetta is currently involved in several student organizations, in which she helps to promote diversity in healthcare profession and mentor disadvantaged high school and college students.
Solomon, Kristen Kristen Solomon
Indiana University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
Kristen Solomon has a passion for service and working with underserved communities. During her undergraduate career, Kristen served as the Surgeon General for the Student Government Association, where she was responsible for protecting and advancing the health of University students through education, research, programs, and activities. A long-term advocate for victims of sexual and domestic violence, Kristen volunteered with the local shelter and served as a mentor to the students. Currently, Kristen is an active member of the Student National Medical Association and holds a school wide leadership position on the Peer Mentoring Committee.
Thai, Nam 1 Nam Thai
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
Nam Thai is committed to improving access to healthcare for socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. As an undergraduate student, Nam took an active part in alleviating health disparities by serving as a health interpreter for non-English speaking Vietnamese patients and volunteering at a public hospital that serves as the safety net for the county’s vulnerable populations. Shortly after college, Nam became an AmeriCorps member at a community health center where he performed health insurance outreach, enrollments, and education to uninsured families. Currently, Nam continues his services to underserved populations through his role on his school’s leadership board of a student run free clinic on his campus.
Tibavinsky Bernal, Lina Lina Tibavinsky Bernal
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
A first-year medical student, Lina Tibavinsky is committed to serve her community by promoting access and quality of care. Growing up in the Latino community and volunteering as Spanish medical interpreter has helped her understand the socioeconomic and cultural barriers that contribute to health disparities. As an undergraduate, she tutored Latino middle school students in math, science, and English. As a medical student, she is a clinic coordinator at a clinic that provides free healthcare to the local Hispanic population in Augusta, GA. She is also passionate about public health, advocating for patients’ needs, and promoting diversity.
Zuniga, Eric Scholar PCLP Eric Zuniga
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
Eric is a returning PCLP Scholar who served at HealthPoint, a community health center outside of Seattle, Washington. Within this organization he saw a mix of entrepreneurship, ingenuity in new platforms to deliver care and the use of lean manufacturing principles to minimize waste and continuously improve delivery of high quality care. Based on this experience, Eric strongly believes that community health centers are the answer to solve multiple problems that afflict our healthcare system. They will be able to hold down healthcare costs and at the same time deliver affordable quality healthcare for all, especially those who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.