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 are serving in Los Angeles CA in 2019.

     
  Danielle Andrews
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Altamed Health Services Corporation

An MD/MPH student at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Danielle Andrews is passionate about community advocacy and health equity. In 2015 she graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she served as President for the Black Pre-Health Organization. She was also the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Gamma Chapter and led over 30 community service programs annually. In medical school she has served as M1 liaison for SNMA, and as a Fresh Start mentor for previously incarcerated patients, as well as a free clinic volunteer. She plans to continue developing her leadership skills and experience working with not-for-profit health clinics to prepare her to eventually establish her own.

  Aileen Arevalo
UCLA – Charles R. Drew School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Aileen Arevalo has shaped her career around community service and equitable medical care. As an undergraduate, she helped lead a student-run free clinic. This taught her the value of the doctor-patient relationship, and she went on to work with The Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She mentors younger students, with a focus on pipeline programming; she has also served as Co-President for the UCLA/CDU Chapter of the Latino National Medical Association (LMSA). She intends to blend her future role as a community physician with mentorship, advocacy, and social justice.

  Lynn Nkechinyere Benson
SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Altamed Health Services Corporation

As a medical student, Lynn Nkechinyere Benson has dedicated her time to tutoring young people of color. She has served as the tutoring coordinator for Downstate’s America Reads/America Counts, helping establish pipelines that empower the next generation of minority healthcare providers. She has also served as coordinator for Health Profession Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) at Downstate, helping diversify scholarship and clinical investigation in healthcare. Her Master’s of Biomedical Sciences is from Rutgers University, where she volunteered as a patient advocate; she continues to volunteer in student-run free clinics in medical school.

  Ramzi Ben-Yelles
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Altamed Health Services Corporation

Ramzi Ben-Yelle’s interest in healthcare for the underserved began during his upbringing in Algeria, then in Los Angeles, where he witnessed disparities in medical care. As an undergraduate he helped provide medical and social services for the homeless populations in West Hollywood; he then completed an AmeriCorps term addressing the needs of disaster victims in low-income communities. In medical school he commits his time to patient-centered clinical research examining the varied arrival times for stroke patients and their ensuing care. In the future he hopes to further engage with vulnerable communities, upholding his commitment to primary care and public health advocacy.

  Brianna Berry
Eastern Virginia Medical School, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Eisner Health Family Medicine Center

Brianna Berry is a medical student with a proven commitment to serving the underserved. As an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), she devoted hundreds of hours to Richmond’s underserved communities through volunteer work at multiple free clinics, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. Through her involvement with community engagement programs, she developed a particular passion for the homeless. She now aids in providing mobile medical services through Norfolk’s emergency shelter program as part of EVMS Street Health team, and leads an initiative to increase healthcare access for the homeless in the area through assisting them with Medicaid enrollment.

  Janae Chatmon
UCLA – Charles R. Drew School of Medicine, Class of 2023
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

Janae Chatmon is dedicated to working with the underserved. As an undergraduate she served as a tutor for kids in foster and kinship care within the Cherished Hands Foundation. She was also engaged in research focused on improving health outcomes among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Los Angeles; she has since worked full-time to conduct counseling sessions and health behavior interviews with this population. Now in the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program and the UCLA PRIME-LA (Leadership and Advocacy) Program, she helps match medical student mentor with high school students in underserved areas who are interested in medical careers.

  Morgan Ashley Craft
Medical College of Wisconsin, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Morgan Ashley Craft has a passion for understanding health inequities and serving those affected by them. As an undergraduate at Purdue University, she served as a student ambassador for the Science Diversity Office in an effort to attract more underrepresented students to STEM fields. She also participated in the Summer Medical/Dental Education Program, and various medical mission trips. As a medical student she has served as mental health coordinator for the Health Advocacy in Pregnancy and Infancy program, working with expectant mothers who are homeless. She also serves as the Co-President for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at her school.

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  Margil Fahit
Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Margil Fahit is a medical student at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. A native Angeleno, she completed her undergraduate studies at University of Southern California, then remained in South Los Angeles to work with underserved communities. She is now part of the Health Outreach Project at her school, leading the advocacy team of a student-run clinic at a local women’s shelter. She also raises awareness about healthy eating and dietary considerations as co-president of DUCOM’s Nutrition in Medicine Club. Her goal for the future is to incorporate her passion for food, to help communities find solutions to poor health outcomes related to food access and health literacy.

  Mayra Flores, RN, MSN
University of California San Fransisco, Class of 2020
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

A pediatric nurse practitioner student, Mayra Flores has dedicated her career to promoting health quality and equity. She received her Master’s in Nursing from San Francisco State University in 2015. While completing her degree she developed a diabetes program targeting the high rates among Hispanic populations, and volunteered in community organizations and events providing affordable healthcare. She has served as a patient advocate and educator at the UCSF gender clinic and she is a nurse coordinator in the cardiothoracic surgery department of UCSF Medical Center. Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and work as a leader in primary care.

  Gisela Gonzales
Keck School of Medicine Southern California, PA Candidate Class of 2020
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

A physician assistant student, Gisela Gonzalez has exhibited a passion and commitment to working with underserved communities. As a founding member and Vice President of the Flying Samaritans Chapter at San Diego State University she worked to provide a community in Tijuana access to care. In 2013 she helped initiate a program focused on nutritional education for parents and kids at La Maestra Community Health Centers, an FQHC in San Diego. She is also on the student board of her PA program as Pipeline Chair. She is current supporting college readiness workshops to help students pursue their goals of attending college within STEM focused careers.

  Brittany Hopkins
Meharry Medical College, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Brittany Hopkins is a medical student at Meharry Medical College, and a longtime advocate for underserved populations. She has served as a health coach in minority communities, and held leadership positions for her medical school class and Pediatric Society. She has also worked with the school of Dentistry to implement Oral Health Day, where she helped provide free dental care to underinsured and underserved populations from around Tennessee. She recently developed a program to teach healthy behaviors and STEM topics to children at an area, low-income elementary school. As a provider she hopes to combine her passion for health education, leadership, mentorship, and clinical research.

  Tiffany Luu
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Tiffany Luu is a medical student at the University of California, Irvine. As an undergraduate she served as President for Alliance of Jamaican and American Humanitarian (AOJAH) and helped organize health fairs for the homeless community, planned medical mission trips to Jamaica, and started a healthcare mentorship program at her high school. She has served as Medical Student Representative and Vice President of Scholarships for the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). She is also on the Associated Medical Student Government board and serves as the Council on Education Policy representative. She is now collaborating with community health care providers to provide a podcast and video-blog on health for trans patients.

  Esmerelda Morales
Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, PA Candidate Class of 2021
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Esmeralda Morales is a physician assistant student. As an undergraduate she was a member of Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, providing health services and education to the underserved. Her community service has included the Black/Latino AIDS Project, Donation of Tissues and Organs, and Latino Student Health Project. She also volunteered at the Mexican Red Cross in her parents’ hometown in rural Jalisco, Mexico. Her research has been presented to the Housing Authority of Los Angeles, Department of Toxic Substance Control, and Environmental Justice Coalition; she has also worked with MLK Community Medical Group in Compton.

  Armando Navarro
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Armando Navarro is a Los Angeles native who currently attends the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. Armando developed a passion for underserved Latino communities while attending UC Riverside, when he served as a medical Spanish translator for the Riverside Free Clinic. Upon graduating, he returned to Los Angeles to serve as a Community HealthCorps/AmeriCorps Member and later as a Health Fellow in the mobile unit of AltaMed Health Services Corporation. He is currently focused on mentoring undergraduates, while also combatting barriers to care in the Eastern Coachella Valley.

  Ashley Nguyen
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, PA Candidate Class of 2021
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

A physician assistant student, Ashley Nguyen has demonstrated commitment to underserved communities throughout her education. Her community service has included soup kitchens, food drives, and beautification projects. As an AmeriCorps member she volunteered her time as a community advocate, providing health education and outreach and insurance enrollment services to low-income and undocumented individuals around LA County. As a future PA, she hopes to continue serving underserved populations by using her medical knowledge to provide high quality primary care, and her compassion to provide effective and holistic healing to her patients.

  Roxanne Talamayan-Pascua
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine and Paul Merage School of Business
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Roxanne Talamayan-Pascua is an MD/MBA candidate from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Paul Merage School of Business. As a student of the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), she is learning to advocate for the Latino community through exposure to different communities and coursework. As a first-generation immigrant and college graduate, she is dedicated to serving and supporting the underserved communities she grew up in. Her long-term goal is to work with organizations that provide sustainable and quality medical care for underserved communities, both in and outside of the US.

  Elisa Ortega-Enriquez, RN
University of California, San Francisco, Class of 2020
PCLP Site: Eisner Health Family Medicine Center

A pediatric nurse practitioner student, Elisa Ortega-Enriquez is passionate about justice, equality, and commitment to her own and other marginalized communities. Born and raised in East Oakland, she graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a BA in Social Welfare. She has taught social emotional health and sex education to middle school students in the Fruitvale District where she grew up. She has also worked for Oakland Children’s Hospital investigating effectiveness of universal social needs screening in the emergency room setting. Her goal as a future PNP is to provide and manage health programs geared towards youth, cultivating positive health choices.

  Portillo Salvador
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, PA Candidate Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Northeast Valley Healthcare Center

A physician assistant student, Salvador Portillo has demonstrated leadership and commitment in his community. As an undergraduate he served as President of a national Latino fraternity, providing support to underserved populations through community service, mentoring, and public awareness. After graduation he utilized his Spanish fluency to provide medical attention to underserved Latino populations. As a PA student he has volunteered at student-run clinics, mentoring events, and community services. He is currently a Team Coordinator for a student-run clinic. He plans to use all of his experiences and leadership skills to continue giving back to the underserved community.

  Chandler Steele
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Chandler Steele is a student at Morehouse School of Medicine, whose experience in service and volunteering has shaped his view of the medical field. Serving as a health coach in Deland, Florida, he worked in patient education, transportation, and mental health outcomes; this taught him the importance of access, and what the detriments of healthcare look like for the disadvantaged. Since enrolling in medical school he has taken up leadership as the Community Health Committee chair for his class. He hopes to focus his career in primary care on mental health

  Nicholas Tito
William Carrey University School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

A medical student, Nicholas Tito has a passion for the financial landscape of primary care and how it can make healthcare more humanistic. As an undergraduate he served as a Hispanic Institute Scholar researching crop production and food costs. He then graduated with an MBA from Western Governors University, where he explored incentive alignment in primary care. He now volunteers with his church to provide meals to families in need, as well as with the local boxing club. He has completed the US Army’s officer leadership training, graduating with distinction. He serves as Treasurer for the National Obeta Mega Iota Honor Society.

  Taylor Williams-Hamilton
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Venice Family Clinic

A medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine, Taylor Williams-Hamilton is a leader in the OB/GYN interest group and Educare Atlanta – Sheltering Arms Liaison, as well as a member of the American Medical Women’s Association. She has also served as secretary for Medical Students for Choice, and was recently elected president for the 2019-2020 academic year. She serves as a Morehouse ambassador at events and plays a key role in the admissions committee. She is committed to caring for underserved and underprivileged communities and hopes to continue her work as a servant of these disadvantaged populations.

  Lawren Wooten
Georgetown School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child Family Health Center

A medical student, Lawren Wooten has always demonstrated a commitment to service. From a young age she has volunteered feeding the homeless, playing music in nursing homes, and teaching young children gymnastics. After graduating college she served as an Americorps literacy tutor for pre-K and kindergarten students. She currently volunteers as a patient care volunteer and music volunteer at Children’s National Medical Center. She has always dreamed of pursuing medicine to help those that cannot help themselves. She hopes to pursue a pediatric specialty and work with the children in her community, and she is president of the Pediatrics Interest Group at her school.

  Ruby Yoakim
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Class of 2023
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

Ruby Yoakim is a medical student in the Program in Medical Education (PRIME) for the Latino Community at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. While an undergraduate he served as President of Global Medical Training, planning trips to Central America and training undergraduates in vitals- and history-taking in a culturally competent manner. He also helped create local programs in Santa Ana, CA where he mentored students at the Boys and Girls Club. He continues to serve his community as a volunteer at free clinics, often serving as the Spanish translator between the patients and clinic staff. He plans to continue growing his clinical interpersonal skills through his volunteer work within under-resourced communities.

  Matthew Young
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: North East Valley Healthcare Center

A medical student, Matthew Young has a passion for mentoring, volunteering, and advocacy. As an undergraduate he served as a mentor and tutor for local elementary school students in a predominately African American school, where he developed curricula to teach leadership, respect, conflict resolution, and health. As a medical school student he tutors second grade students in reading and literacy at the Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy. He has served as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and led student panels and mentoring at Morehouse College and Spelman College. He also serves as a Morehouse School of Medicine Ambassador, giving tours and welcoming prospective students.