Chukwurah, Marius 1 Marius Chukwurah
Howard University College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Care Resource
Marius Chukwurah is a returning PCLP Scholar for the 2016 cohort. Last year, he conducted a research project in Rochester, New York to elucidate and propose ways to eliminate the barriers to communication in the refugee healthcare field of medicine. As a part of his PCLP experience, Marius also became a founding member of the North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers. Within the past year, Mr. Chukwurah has helped facilitate two free health screenings. He currently holds leadership positions in the Student National Medical Association, Medical Students for Africa, and his class council as vice president of admissions.
Emmanuel, Michelle Michelle Emmanuel
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Miami Beach Community Health Center
Michelle Emmanuel’s educational career has focused on healthcare disparities. During her undergraduate years, she majored in Allied Health Sciences which intertwined healthcare from biological and societal aspects. During her tenure at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., she led her chapter as Vice President (Acting President) and Programs Chairman where she headed the chapter’s health initiative programs. Michelle completed her Honors Program thesis through her health study that focused on how perceived susceptibility influences health care decision making and preventative care in minority communities. Upon entering medical school, she has continued her service to the community through participating in health clinics and mentoring opportunities.
Evans, NaShayla NaShayla Evans
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Care Resource
During her undergraduate career, NaShayla Evans was an active member of Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, where she held the leadership roles of events coordinator and eventually, president. NaShayla also coordinated a medical and dental trip for students to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Students were educated in tropical medicine and gained hands-on experience working with the underserved. Currently, NaShayla continues to be involved at her medical institution. She acts as the community service co-chair for the OB/GYN interest group and the MAPS co-chair for Student National Medical Association (SNMA). In the community, she has volunteered at health fairs and helps to mentor other students.
Faiq, Abdullah Scholar PCLP Abdullah Faiq, MPH
Howard University College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Miami Beach Community Health Center
Abdullah has a Master’s in Public Health and conducted clinical research at NIH for three years prior to starting medical school. In his first year, he held the role of Class President. He is constantly looking to improve his skills as a leader, and believes that a physician needs to be a pioneer in his community and society. Currently, Abdullah has continued to work with underserved populations by volunteering with a free clinic run by medical students. Abdullah has also been part of fundraising efforts that helped to build an all-girls middle school and a medical education center in rural parts of Afghanistan.
Faulkner, Rakiya 1 Rakiya Faulkner
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade
Rakiya Faulkner, a first-year medical student, has always had a desire to reach others. During her undergraduate career, Rakiya served as a mentor to middle and high school students and to her peers through tutoring. During her senior year at Wofford, Rakiya became the president of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Medical Students to help walk members through the process of preparing for and applying to medical school. Currently, Rakiya volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician through her university. She also reaches out to the underserved communities by volunteering at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.
Lacson, Caralisa 1 Caralisa Lacson
San Francisco State University
PCLP Site: Citrus Health Network
Caralisa Lacson is a first-year graduate nursing student who is committed to reducing health disparities through community outreach and empowerment. She has worked with a wide range of underserved populations, including at-risk youth, undocumented immigrants, and patients living in primary care shortage areas. As a clinical research coordinator at UCSF, she expanded recruitment efforts to include safety-net hospital San Francisco General after seeing an opportunity to use research studies as a way to educate and help those in need. She is also currently a Master’s of Public Health student at Touro University California.
McNair, Macy 1 Macy McNair
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade
Macy McNair has made it her personal commitment to help the medically underserved communities. In her undergraduate years, she held awareness programs with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to promote healthy lifestyles and participated in numerous community service events throughout college. During the first year of her medical career, she is reminded of her commitment to helping the disadvantaged populations through her work in her community health course and daily commute to campus. Her ultimate goal is to be a servant leader for her patients and to provide the best care for them regardless of their socio-economic background.
Odumosu, Morolake Scholar PCLP Morolake Ugheghe
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: Citrus Health Network
Morolake is driven by a love of people and a passion for serving others through healthcare. Through knowledge and experience gained in her academic career, she has developed a passion for the integration of public health and medicine for health promotion and education. She has worked with undeserved urban communities through work with student-run clinics in Phoenix, Arizona and Christian medical outreach in Mexico. Morolake continues to be involved in health outreach programs in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies and challenges involved in providing and promoting health in underserved populations.