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 Los Angeles CA in 2018.

     
  Alejandro Aviña
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
Alejandro Aviña is a Los Angeles native and medical student, passionate about serving medically underserved communities. Upon matriculation to medical school he became a part of the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) where he focuses on leadership, advocacy and service for the Latino community. He also mentors students who hope to pursue a medical degree, as well as co-coordinates a medical Spanish elective for his medical school class.
  Victoria Dillard, MS
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
PCLP Site: Venice Family Clinic
Victoria Dillard is a medical student who is passionate about the health and wellness of adolescent girls in the inner city and in urban communities. She graduated with high honors from Howard University in 2015, earning a BS in Chemistry, and went on to join the inaugural class of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program at Duke University School of Medicine. She is a Lewis S. Kirkland Scholar and a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Board at her institution, volunteers at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, and was recently elected as the community service co-chair for her school’s Student National Medical Association chapter.
  Darian Harris, MS
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
As medical student, Darian Harris is passionate about helping others and volunteers in activities such as Habitat for Humanity, Christian Service’s Soup Kitchen, and Tar Wars, a tobacco-free education program. She is a member of the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Christian Medical and Dental Association, and Science-Based Nutrition, engaging with and challenging the immense health disparities facing Mississippi.
  Reneé Haughton
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Reneé Haughton has shown a passion for working with the underserved and using evidence based solutions to improve lives. She earned her BA in Economics at Dartmouth College, which has encouraged her to look at health care from a broader perspective. As a medical student she is a first year representative of her school’s Student National Medical Association chapter, and Speakers Chair for the annual USC/UCLA Minority Health Conference. She builds on her clinical skills at a community clinic every month through the Keck Primary Care Program.
  Clare Idehen
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
As a medical student, Clare Idehen has devoted her career to addressing issues of health equity. While an undergraduate at University of California, Santa Barbara, she was involved in organizations such as the Black Student Union, Global Medical Brigades, and Student Body Government. She organized programs educating the campus community about mass incarceration and other social issues. As a medical student she has volunteered at clinics serving low-income, uninsured patients in the Atlanta area, as well as mentored weekly at the Thomasville Heights Boys’ and Girls’ Club
  Nikki Jones
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare
Nikki Jones graduated from Florida Memorial University with a BS in Biology. She has shown her commitment to patient care through working and volunteering with numerous organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, Miami Children’s Hospital, the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics, and with Handfuls of Hope, Inc. Medical Missions Abroad. Upon completing medical school, she plans to focus on community health disparities and practice medicine in medically underserved communities.
  Dorothy Kemie-Okesola
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Dorothy Kemie-Okesola is now in her final year as a Master’s in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner student at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. Currently, she serves as a mentor to students in the Emerging Leaders Nursing program at her institution, is the president and class representative of her cohort, and volunteers at HIV clinics in Los Angeles. After graduation she plans to work in clinics with homeless veterans.
  Marlene Lopez
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
Medical student Marlene Lopez demonstrates a strong commitment for working with and caring for underserved communities. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Psychology, she completed a year of service with the AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps Program and a Health Fellowship at AltaMed Health Services Corporation. She is now a part of the dual-degree program in Medical Education – Leadership and Advocacy (PRIME-LA) and serves as the Well-Being Representative for the UCLA chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association.
  Christopher Martin, MS
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
Christopher Martin has demonstrated a commitment to working with the underserved. He graduated from Stanford University in 2015, where he received a BA in Human Biology with a focus in Public Health in underserved communities. While there he mentored high school students, and eventually fellow undergraduates, who desired a career in medicine. Now as a medical student, he serves on the Charles Drew University student board, and continues to serve as a mentor.
  Marcos Munoz
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
Marcos Munoz is a medical student in Program in Medical Education University of California, Los Angeles (PRIME-UCLA). As a chief mentoring officer for MiMentor, he has helped to create networking and mentorship opportunities for pre-health students of diverse backgrounds interested in a career of medicine. Currently, he is serving as a Co-Chair for the Latino Medical Student Association and American Medical Association chapters at UCLA. He hopes to alleviate some of the language and cultural barriers that make access to health care difficult for patients.
  Jasmine Peters
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
As an MD/MPH candidate, Jasmine Peters is devoted to the underserved and diversity. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 where she earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and minored in Spanish. As the co-president of the Student National Medical Association at USC, she has worked to increase diversity within the medicine pipeline through volunteering, mentorship, and community building. She plans to continue her role as a bridge-builder and advocate for the underserved as a physician.
  Miriam Ramos Rodríguez
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare
As a first generation college student, Miriam graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. There she has served on the board for Chicanos/Latinos in Community Medicine, as well as volunteered in case management and education for diabetes management. As a medical student she is now a volunteer at the Mobile Clinic Project in Los Angeles, and mentors high school and undergraduate students who wish to pursue a career in medicine. She is community service chair for the Program in Medical Education (PRIME) council at UCLA, helping organize community service events in Los Angeles.
  Johanna Rosales, MS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services 
Johanna Rosales is passionate about primary care and providing accessible healthcare to the underserved. She has volunteered at various clinics, including Cahaba Valley Health Care, the Samaritan Clinic, and Christ Health Center, which provide care to underserved and homeless communities. She is also vice-president of The Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians chapter at ACOM. Her goal is to practice primary care in a medically underserved region of Alabama.
  Zerin Scales
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
PCLP Site: Venice Family Clinic
A Physician Assistant student, Zerin Scales has a passion for primary care service and thrives on community building. He serves as the Health Fair Chair of the board for his class, and was previously an emergency medical technician in Compton, CA, and an educator in Newark, NJ. Currently he is currently working on a project in Cudahy, CA, geared toward addressing health disparities. His goals involve the continued effort of bridging the gap between patient health and education in areas with limited access.
  Alexander Soto
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
PCLP Site: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Now a medical student, Alexander Soto graduated from California State University, San Bernardino where he majored in Biochemistry. There he helped organize pre-health conferences and worked as a supplemental general chemistry instructor and as an advisor at the university. He currently works at a local nonprofit, Urban Compass, to implement a health and wellness programs into their after school curriculum.
  Roxanne Talamayan-Pascua
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
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 dedicated to serving and supporting underserved communities, learning to advocate for the Latino community through exposure to different communities and coursework. 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.
  Mikiko Thelwell
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
PCLP Site: Northeast Valley Health
Mikiko Thelwell received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City. As a medical student, she has served as first year co-class president, serves on the board of the Health Equity Hub, and is currently working with the Psychiatry department at the VA. She has always been interested in how she can use medicine as a tool for positive social change.
  Janet Tran
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
As a Physician Assistant student, Janet Tran is a passionate advocate of diverse communities, driven by her own experiences in healthcare. She works with organizations such as Flying Samaritans and Sakya Care Foundation traveling to Mexico and rural areas of Southern California to provide an array of preventative care services, such as dental cleanings, eye exams, and pterygium and cataract surgeries. She plans to bridge health disparities through education, language/cultural competence and mentorships.
  Kadar Vannoy, MS
Meharry Medical College
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
As a medical student, Kadar Vannoy has demonstrated a passion for underserved communities and mentorship. In 2010 he graduated from Morehouse College, where he earned BS in Biology, magna cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa recognition. In medical school he has volunteered to be a peer mentor for the incoming class. He has a desire to become a primary care physician dedicated to serving those from underserved communities in the future, and hopes to one day open a children’s free healthcare clinic.
  Juan Vasquez Vasquez
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
Juan Vasquez Vasquez is a medical student who has become an advocate for increasing medical care access in underserved communities. At UCSF School of Medicine he has become an active advocate for continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He continues serving his community as the Chicanos in Health Education liaison for the Latino Medical Student Association.
  Ashley Williams
University of Washington School of Medicine
PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services
Ashley Williams is a medical student who is passionate about family medicine and community involvement. She earned a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. Currently she is a member of her institution’s Family Medicine Interest Group and is a leader of the group’s ROOTs Young Adult Homeless Shelter Program, and of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine Interest Group. She has also developed an interest in political advocacy and is now a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Washington Academy of Family Physicians.