Bernardo Chavira
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare, Inc.
A rising second-year medical student, Bernardo Chavira is committed to improving the health of the community. He has over a decade of research experience, including employment at Translational Genomic Research Institute (TGen) and Midwestern University. He was a Diversity Education Committee member, and currently holds a leadership position in the Minority Students in Medicine Club. His involvement in helping the community includes volunteering at a clinic for uninsured patients through Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Medical Center for several years, in addition to serving at various health fairs and fundraising events in Arizona.
Michael Gendreau
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare, Inc.
Prior to medical school, Michael Gendreau served his community as a firefighter paramedic. He worked to collect food and holiday gifts for children during the holidays, and was director of a program where he taught CPR to over 200 people a year. He led heart attack and stroke awareness booths at community locations, and organized blood pressure and blood glucose screenings. As a rising second-year medical student, he has taken part in community service events through various organizations on campus. He also volunteers every summer to be medical staff for a week-long sleep away camp for children with diabetes.
Amber Lau, MPH
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare, Inc.
Amber Lau, a rising second-year medical student, earned a Master of Public Health degree from Brown University, where she completed a thesis on reproductive health and family planning. Simultaneously, she worked as a clinic assistant at Planned Parenthood, taught sexual education in low-income schools, mentored undergraduates, and worked at Brown University’s Population Studies and Training Center. As a medical student she volunteers at her local family planning clinic and homeless shelter, providing care to marginalized populations. She also is involved in healthcare advocacy and has taken part in events such as D.O. Day at the Legislature and California Advocacy Day.
Jonathan Lyu
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare, Inc.
A rising second-year medical student, Jonathan Lyu has a determination to be the voice for those that are underprivileged. Helping his mother contend with polio and ovarian cancer at an early age drove him to become a physician. His determination to help the poor began with tutoring elementary school children from low-income households who were struggling with school. In college he volunteered at a children’s cancer ward at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and assisted the homeless with basic needs around his community. He now participates in Health Outreach Through Medical Education, an organization that provides basic healthcare to the homeless community.
Alicia Pugh, MPH
University of Illinois College of Medicine
PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare, Inc.
Alicia Pugh’s lifelong goal is to open a joint clinic and childcare center to serve educational and health needs of children and families in underserved populations. After completing her Master’s in Public Health, she began collaborating with a childcare center in Steger, IL. She also previously worked at the Dominican Women’s Development Center, creating a resource guide for undocumented immigrants on the right to access health sites in Manhattan and Bronx. As an undergraduate, she served on the board for a tournament called Big Pink Volleyball that raised funds for the local hospital’s purchase of new mammogram machine.
Sadara Taylor
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare, Inc.
A rising second-year medical student, Sadara Taylor is an executive board member to a free clinic for uninsured persons. She is also a member of the Student National Medical Association, and serves on the committee for community outreach at her school. As an undergraduate she was captain of the Women’s Track and Field team, and Vice President of the African American Student Union. As a medical student she is a member of the Health Profession Recruitment and Exposure Program, where she works to expose minority students to the field of medicine. She is also a literacy mentor for homeless children in the Chicago Public School system.