Adeola Akopa
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: HealthPoint
Adeola Akapo is a rising second-year medical student committed to caring for the medically underserved. As an undergraduate she volunteered at a variety of hospitals and clinics that provided support to pediatric patients and their families. She also participated in fundraising to help low-income pediatric patients and their families. Currently, she continues to serve the community by volunteering at local clinics to provide healthcare to the underserved and uninsured population at the H.E.A.L. Clinic, and is community service co-chair for the Student National Medical Association chapter at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Nhu Trang (Bella) Nguyen
Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
PCLP Site: HealthPoint
Before medical school, Bella Nguyen served as part of a Behavioral Health Team at a community health center in East Oakland, CA, conducting mental health assessments through home visits, primary care visits, and follow-up care. She also worked with providers, nurses, and social workers to coordinate referrals. Now a rising second-year medical student, she dedicates her time to the Anh Lanh Free Clinic and the Pipeline Health Careers Ladder Program. Both aim to alleviate barriers to health living in communities that need it most. She is interested in the role that mental health plays in underserved populations, and how it affects chronic disease care.
Piper Olmsted
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
PCLP Site: HealthPoint
A rising second-year medical student, Piper Olmsted has volunteered with underserved communities at home and abroad. As an undergraduate she distributed health resources at her campus health center, and volunteered at a hospice center for HIV/AIDS patients. She volunteered in rural Tanzania through Support for International Change, teaching villagers about HIV/AIDS prevention and providing free testing. As a medical student she has continued her volunteer work through Health Outreach Through Medical Education, a clinic where she provides education and medical services for a local homeless shelter. She also serves as a liaison with Medical Students for Choice.
Ariela-Kristabelle Sem, RN
Seattle University
PCLP Site: HealthPoint
Ariela Kristabelle Sem is a graduate nursing student, and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing before working as a family nurse practitioner. She is the first in her family to achieve education at the graduate level. She is also a first-generation Cambodian American, and has used her experience as a refugee and in resettlement to inspire and inform her work in medicine. She studied the social sciences as an undergraduate, and uses her education to do meaningful work for social justice and quality nursing care in vulnerable populations.
Creseta Simmons
University of Washington School of Medicine
PCLP Site: HealthPoint
Creseta Simmons worked as a medical assistant for seven years, while pursuing her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She then worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Swedish Medical Center before realizing her passion for work with geriatric patients. She is currently completing her Masters of Community Health Nursing and a Doctor or Nursing Practice degree, and is part of the geriatric nurse practitioner track. She is a DeTornyay Healthy Aging Scholar, researching nutritional needs in Seattle’s homeless senior population.
Tara Thompson
A. T. Still University
PCLP Site: HealthPoint
A rising third-year physician assistant student, Tara Thompson has a passion for seeking innovative ways to treat patients. While in the Air Force she was actively involved in several natural disaster relief efforts. She is now actively involved in veteran advocacy at one of the largest military hospitals in the US. She also mentors troubled youth, and often coaches youth soccer. While working at a medical center in Dallas she published three papers, and created a virtual tour with videos to alleviate patient stress. She plans to continue to reach out to those around her through her clinical research, technology, and community involvement.