Meet the PCLP Scholar cohort: medical students and graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students who have participated in PCLP.

Below are the Scholars who served in Houston TX in 2018. Please note that Houston TX is not a current PCLP placement city.

     
  Omolayo Dada, MS
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón
Omolayo Dada is a medical student with a passion for health equity. Her interest in medicine began at an early age when she would accompany her mother, a nurse, as she educated members of their community about HIV and STD prevention. While obtaining her MS in Medical Science, she volunteered time as a STEM educator for young students. As a medical student she is active in the annual Community health and Men’s Promotion Summit. She is also a founding board member of the nonprofit organization, On Your Corner.
  Nneka Madu
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Center
Nneka Madu is a medical student. While working as an emergency room scribe charting patient-physician encounters, she witnessed firsthand the importance of culturally competent care. She is now a Student National Medical Association member, and recently served as first-year officer for her school’s Family Medicine Student Association. She also co-produces the YouTube channel “The Chocolate Docs” with a friend and classmate, offering practical advice and encouragement to underrepresented minorities in pre-medicine and STEM.
  Mirna Martinez
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón
As a medical student, Mirna Martinez has a rich background of serving communities with limited access to care. Her past work includes serving as a liaison for low income women seeking prenatal care, classes, and screenings, and assisting homeless patients with access to federally qualified health centers. Utilizing her native Spanish fluency, she also serves as a volunteer health specialist at La Clínica del Pueblo. She is an active participant in the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  Terri-Ann Nelson, MS
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Center
Now in medical school, Terri-Ann Nelson developed an interest in healthcare for low-incoming communities as a case worker for Covenant House New York, a residential emergency shelter for youth. She now serves as a motivational interviewer for smoking cessation at her school’s student-run free clinic, as well as volunteers to read each week with local elementary school students in need. She is a first generation American, and in 2015 she received a Master’s degree in Basic Medical Science from State University of New York Upstate.
  Andrea Pinto
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center
Andrea Pinto is a medical student. While pursuing her BS in bioengineering, she recognized the unique needs of underrepresented minority students pursuing healthcare professions. She then founded DAWA (“medicine” in Swahili) to provide guidance, mentorship, and opportunities for her fellow students. She also co-founded The Iron League to provide tutoring to students in middle and high school. She currently serves as Vice President of her school’s Student National Medical Association chapter for the 2018-2019 school year.
  Alexis Richards, MS
Tulane University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center
Alexis Richards is a medical student. During her undergraduate career at Xavier University of Louisiana, she began volunteering throughout New Orleans and beyond, with a focus on low-income families. As a medical student she provides TB testing for homeless populations, and serves in student-run free clinics throughout the city. In addition to her interest in healthcare, she also enjoys mentoring minority women through Volunteers of America. In 2016 she received a Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics and Genomics from Tulane University.