Aluko, Oluwatoni UHF Scholar Oluwatoni Aluko, MPH
Meharry Medical College

A fourth-year medical student, Oluwatoni Aluko, MPH, is driven to address the needs of her community. She received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, and double minored in Spanish and community health at the University of Maryland. Subsequently, Ms. Aluko earned her MPH from the University of Maryland. At Meharry Medical College Ms. Aluko serves as class president, and has served as the National Global Health Chair/Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association, President of Meharry’s Family Medicine Interest Group. Her interests include global health, maternal and child health and sports medicine. Upon graduation, she plans to begin residency in the field of Family Medicine.

Awuku, Kwame UHF Scholar Kwame Awuku
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

A second year medical student, Kwame Awuku has been consistently involved in his community. During his undergraduate years, he hosted health initiatives; and now as a Cancer Institute of New Jersey volunteer, he has distributed information on breast cancer, sex health issues, and organized educational forums. He was also a big with the “Embrace the Kids” Foundation. As the founder and president of O’Darah Outreach, Mr. Awuku continues to help underserved communities through vaccinations and health-teaching sessions. He seeks to increase the population of students from underrepresented communities that pursue careers in health professions and the sciences.

Bazzell, Anya UHF Scholar Anya Bazzell
Morehouse School of Medicine

A first year medical student, Anya Bazzell has demonstrated her passion for medicine and research and her affinity for serving the underserved. She received her Bachelor’s in history with a concentration in pre-medicine and a minor in African American studies. While pursuing her MPH at Morehouse School of Medicine, she served as the Student Government Association Global Health Track Representative, a Research Assistant for Community Voices, a Research Assistant for the Clinical Research Center, and became a published author. Ms. Bazzell received her Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her community experience ranges from interning at hospitals and homeless programs, to conducting laboratory and community-based participatory research. Ms. Bazzell intends to ensure that children in underserved areas receive proper surgical care.

Caldwell, Ebony UHF Scholar Ebony Caldwell
Georgia Regents University Medical College of Georgia

A second year medical student, Ebony Caldwell has always been interested in medicine, but she discovered her passion for Public Health just prior to her freshman year at the University of Georgia (UGA). There, she earned a dual Bachelor’s and Master in Public Health with a pre-medical emphasis. She became interested in infectious disease, especially HIV/AIDS, while working with a local organization, AIDS Athens, and dedicated her last years at UGA to educating the local and college community about the disease and raising support for local AIDS/HIV organizations. She continues this passion into medical school by joining and heading the Global Health/ Infectious Disease Interest Group and spending a summer at the University of Michigan conducting HIV/AIDS research. Ms. Caldwell desires to become an infectious disease physician, working with vulnerable and underserved populations.

De La Rosa, Elizabeth UHF Scholar Elizabeth De La Rosa
University of Texas Medical Branch

A fourth year medical student, Elizabeth De La Rosa is dedicated to her community, and aspires to be a patient advocate for the underserved. After graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Biology she decided to pursue a Master’s in Health Administration. Now in medical school Ms. De La Rosa, continues to work towards her goal of serving the underprivileged as Junior Director of St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic. She also served with Hands and Feet Medical Mission and Frontera de Salud in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas to deliver free health services. The culmination of her experiences will serve to make her a well-rounded medical profession committed to her community.

Espindola-Camacho, Carolina UHF Scholar Carolina Espindola-Camacho
A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medical School

A first year medical student, Carolina Espindola-Camacho actively works to meet the needs of underserved communities. While getting her BA in molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, she was a board member of the pre-health club. She also conducted research on Glioblastoma, and contributed to a publication in the Cell Metabolism Journal. Currently, she is president of DOCARE International chapter, and Ms. Espindola-Camacho is a representative of the Latino Medical Student Association. She highlights the importance of proper communication in healthcare.

Hackler III, Eddie UHF Scholar Eddie Hackler, III
Meharry Medical College

A fourth year medical student, Eddie Hackler III is a revered and well‐known community ambassador. He received his BS in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and completed a post baccalaureate premedical program prior to starting at Meharry. Since starting medical school, he has been the Student Body President and Mr. Meharry. In these roles Mr. Hackler held events which allowed students to increase healthcare access for the surrounding community. A health policy scholar for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he is interested in health promotion, health programs and interventions, and strategies specific to minority and underserved communities.

Hariston, Jacqueline UHF Scholar Jacqueline Hairston
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

A fourth year medical student, Jacqueline Hairston, champions diversity and advocates for women’s health. In 2010, she graduated from Harvard College, with a BA in statistics and a citation in Spanish. While there, she interned for the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. As a Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Scholar she conducted aging and obesity research with C. elegans. While at Sinai, Ms. Hairston traveled to South Africa and the Dominican Republic to explore sexual and women’s health. She was the Admissions Representative for Students for Equal Opportunity in Medicine and became Co-President of the organization. Ms. Hairston also serves the uninsured women of East Harlem while mentoring junior clinicians. In recognition of her compassionate care, Ms. Hairston was nominated by her peers to be elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Harris, Jada UHF Scholar Jada Harris
Morehouse School of Medicine

A first year medical student, Jada Harris has been an excellent agent of change. She was a 2014-2015 service member of AmeriCorps, where she taught, tutored and mentored at risk students. She incorporated her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree to create programs that taught biology and algebra and motivated students to be active in their education. She currently serves as the First Year Class Chaplain and sits as a Senator for the Class of 2019 Student Government Association. Ms. Harris also works with Project Seraphim to help underserved women and children through mentorship. She also educates minority undergraduates applying to medical school. Ms. Harris plans to create her own non-profit that will educate and empower the community on spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and financial health.

Lagrandeur, Roberta UHF Scholar Roberta Lagrandeur
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Second-year medical student Roberta Lagrandeur seeks to bridge the cultural gap between healthcare practitioners and underserved communities. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Psychology, where she researched social determinants of academic success and unconscious bias. After graduation, she completed post-baccalaureate pre-medical coursework at Miami Dade College and Florida International University; she performed chemistry research, and was a peer tutor and mentor. Currently she educates and assists local residents through student-led health fairs. She works as liaison between local MAPS chapters and the University of Miami SNMA. Additionally, she is Co-President of Caneshare, a global health mission group, through which she started an evening course in Haitian Creole for medical students and residents in Miami to address cultural and communication gaps.

Nwachuku, Emmanuel UHF Scholar Emmanual Nwachuku
Frank H. Netter School of Medicine

A third year medical student, Emmanuel Nwachuku is committed to serving his community as well as increasing diversity in medicine. Through the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc he was very involved in his community in Philadelphia. He served as the co-director of educational activities as well as the chair of the community service committee. As medical student, he continues to be involved in the community. He currently serves as the vice president of the Student National Medical Association and is a member on the admissions committee for the medical school. He continues to tutor and mentor students at a local high school and has plans of holding workshops that help them navigate the educational system.

Okwonkwo, Nonye UHF Scholar Nonye Okwonkwo
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

A first year medical student, Nonye Okonkwo appreciates that the art of science is a lifelong journey, not a 100 meter sprint. As a graduate student in chemistry at San Francisco State University, she implemented innovative ways to support her student’s dynamic strengths and cultural influences. Ms. Okowonkwo created “The bScience Initiative” to deliver quality mentoring and tutoring to first generation high-school students. These experiences compelled her to dedicate her first year as a medical student to supporting underrepresented undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers. She is a Student Tracer for the new LEARN curriculum, and champions evidence based healthcare and research that will advance preventative medicine for urban and rural children.

Opara, Chinwendu UHF Scholar Chinwendu Opara
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

A third year medical student, Chinwendu Opara’s commitment to serving underserved communities and her love for medicine are apparent through her accomplishments. While earning her BA in biology with a minor in psychology at the University of Maryland, she volunteered for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Aid, and was a Cultural Liaison who advocated for multiple student organizations. She later conducted research that sought to gain more insight into treating future mental health patients as a medical student, Ms. Opara serves through her leadership roles in the Student National Medical Association, and the fitness rehabilitation program she created for recently incarcerated drug abused women through The Bridging the Gaps Initiative.

Rabionet, Alejandro UHF Scholar Alejandro Rabionet
University of San Francisco Health Morsani College of Medicine

A third year medical student, Alejandro Rabionet has made his presence known in his local community by demonstrating a continued commitment to community service. As the Community Service Chair of Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), increased their impact in the local community by creating the Mentorship Program, which matches LMSA members with pre-medical undergraduate students, or local physicians. Mr. Rabionet also serves as a Patient Coordinator at the l student-run healthcare clinic, where he shares the lessons he’s learned about cultural competence with his colleagues He’s most passionate about the community health education initiative, educates underserved patients about their health. He is expanding the curriculum to include melanoma awareness. Mr. Rabionet plans to continue his health education efforts as an academic physician.

Thomas, Danyelle UHF Scholar Danyelle Thomas
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

A third year student pursuing dual graduate degrees in medicine and public health, Danyelle Thomas has a passion for health literacy and underserved communities. Since beginning medical school, she has contributed to the creation of a program to train students to become Certified Application Counselors and increase patient access to care. Ms. Thomas was privileged to serve as a Primary Care Leadership Program Fellow in her hometown. In this position she assessed patient needs and provided patient centered feedback to increase service utilization. She has served as the president of the University of Miami chapter of Student National Medical Association, and held multiple leadership positions in the Department of Community Services (DOCS). Ms. Thomas plans to continue her dedication to the underserved as a primary care physician.

Williams, Veronica UHF Scholar Veronica Williams
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

A third year medical student, Veronica Williams upholds a passion for the holistic approach to medicine. She graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Theater and a biological sciences minor. She completed her post-baccalaureate at California State University East Bay, where she fostered her interest in public health as an intern with Mentoring in Medicine &Sciences, and by leading community education in high-risk populations with topics in nutrition, disease control, and sexual health. As a medical student, Ms. Williams was a teaching assistant in Anatomy, a clinical advisor, and pre-doctoral OMM Teaching Fellow. She will dedicate an additional year to enrich her diagnostic and hands-on skills with clinical experience, as well as lead didactics and tutor pre-clinical medical students.