Chidimma Acholonu
Morehouse School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Chidimma Acholonu earned a Master in Public Health from the George Washington University. Prior to medical school, she served as the Healthy Schools Program Manager for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, partnered with Kaiser Permanente, to support schools in creating strategies to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. She has served on the Healthy Youth and Schools Commission in Washington, DC. Currently, she serves as a board director of the MSM HEAL Clinic, the student-run clinic in Atlanta.
Shantrice Appleby
Morehouse School of Medicine
A first year medical student, Shantrice Appleby has a Master of Science degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. She has mentored at Helping Hands Outreach, a non-profit health clinic in Georgia, where she worked with the clinic founder to provide healthcare and also to host health fairs and educational seminars. She has assisted with several research studies to determine the impact of social constructs on the self-development of youth.
Nailah Cash-O’Bannon
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Prior to medical school, Nailah Cash-O’Bannon served as a third/fourth grade teacher in Indianola, Mississippi, through the Teach for America program for two years. Working with young women in the Temporary Juvenile Detention Center for Cook County, she developed a short curriculum relating to sexual and emotional health. A fourth year medical student, she has been Co-President for Medical Students for Minority Concerns and the Region II Director of SNMA. At the Michele Tracy Clinic, she has focused on healthcare events for Porchlight residents. She hopes to become a primary care physician.
Jonathan Diah
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
A second year medical student, Jonathan Diah founded the Jamaica Christmas project, a program that provides tuition scholarships, Christmas presents, and school supplies to children in Jamaica. After graduating from Harvard University where she co-founded College Bound, a college prep and mentorship program for disadvantaged students in Mission Hill, she taught geometry and coached basketball at a MATCH High school. At Columbia, she has been a Director of the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership, a student run free clinic. Her service project will highlight the role that free clinics play in reducing medical costs while providing quality care.
Marissa Emadi
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
A second year medical student, Marissa Emadi volunteered for her four undergraduate years as a mentor/tutor for students in the San Antonio Independent School District. She also worked for a family practice on the south side of San Antonio serving Medicare and Medicaid patients. Following college, she became a full-time teacher at the San Antonio Alternative School, teaching science to students struggling to complete their education requirements. As a medical student in the Global Health program, she provided healthcare to rural communities in Guatemala. She hopes to become a primary care physician in San Antonio.
Jashalynn German
Morehouse School of Medicine
A fourth year medical student, Jashalynn German as an undergraduate conducted cardiovascular research that explored gene manipulation and its effects on lupus nephritis. Before medical school, while conducting oncology research, she volunteered at the university’s Adult Emergency Department; and also with the local Guardian ad Litem program to ensure the well-being of children involved in Child Services cases. While enrolled in medical school through SNMA, she has organized and executed two large-scale health fairs and community events.
Blen Girmay
New York University School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Blen Girmay is a first-generation American. After graduation, she worked as an ophthalmic technician and saw the effects of uncontrolled diabetes on vision. In medical school, as a volunteer at the NYUSOM NYC Free Clinic, she designed a neighborhood diabetes education program for a community church. She plans to continue learning about the public health barriers facing the underserved by pursuing a Masters in Public Health.
Jasmin Harpe
Weill Cornell Medical College
A fourth year medical student, Jasmin Harpe as an undergraduate neuroscience major attended the Yale School of Public Health for her Master’s degree where she developed culturally appropriate interventions for underserved communities during internships at USDHHS and Cooper University Hospital. During her involvement in medical school with the Heart to Heart Community Outreach Campaign, she has transitioned her volunteer outreach role into a research focus on research related to disparities in neurovascular health. She plans to work with the underserved as a neurologist focusing on stroke prevention and treatment.
Ronald Ikechi
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
A third year medical student, Ronald Ikechi has volunteered with the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador as a public health coordinator in nutrition education and safe water projects for two years while attaining his MPH at Tulane University. He also helped coordinate health brigades in Ecuador with the University of Kentucky’s Shoulder to Shoulder Global program. In medical school, he has assisted the Cooper Advanced Care Center’s endocrinology unit with diabetes patient education in English and Spanish. He has mentored Camden youth with the Steve’s Club Cross Fit chapter.
Evesha Kenlyn
Morehouse School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Evesha Kenlyn is co-director at the Student-Run clinic including the creation of Food Prescription and Urban Farm programs at Good Samaritan Health Center and revamping the New Patient program. In 2015 she was a PCLP scholar in Orlando studying the efficacy of the Patient-Centered Care Coordination program in improving health variables. In her MPH program, she was a student lead on a health needs assessment with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, and on a grant writing project for Safe Kids Fulton County. As an undergraduate, she volunteered over 800 hours in community service.
Quentin Loyd
Meharry Medical College
A second year medical student, Quentin Loyd as an undergraduate conducted medical-related research in prostate cancer at Clark Atlanta University. This study led to summer research on the molecular mechanism related to prostate cancer at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This research was presented at the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Antonio. Since matriculation, he has routinely served as a volunteer at the student-run 12 South Community clinic. Selected as an executive board member for the SNMA Meharry chapter, he is pursuing an initiative, Black Men and Science Education, to increase the numbers pursuing health-related careers as well as increasing health literacy in Nashville.
Jelissa MooYin
Meharry Medical College
A third year medical student, Jelissa MooYin is the first American-born child in her family which has given her a unique perspective to disparities in medicine. She has participated in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. She has served as Chapter President of the AMA and co-chair for the Tennessee Medical Association medical student section. As President, she promoted health education for the homeless through an event “Live to Give.” She also participated in the National AMA Innovation Challenge with the design of an online application to bridge a gap in patients’ understanding about illnesses and medications. She also tutors medical students at the Center for Educational Development.
Ronke Olowojesiku
Augusta University-University of Georgia Medical Partnership
After graduating with bachelor degrees from the University of Georgia in Genetics and Spanish, Ronke Olowojesiku was part of the NIH Academy, a cohort of post-baccalaureate research trainees working on health disparity issues in DC.Now a second year medical student, she volunteers at Mercy Health Center, a local faith-based organization serving the underserved, and is an officer in the Medical Spanish Interest Group and Global Health/Infectious Disease Interest Group. She hopes to use her experiences to work as a physician in public health in the future.
Chevonne Parris-Skeete
Drexel University College of Medicine
A third year medical student, Chevonne Parris-Skeete graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in neuroscience and a Master’s degree in public health. While an undergraduate, she served as the Community Service Chair for the Caribbean Cultural Society, where she helped start an initiative, Project Petit-Goave, to aid a hurricane-impacted school and hospice in Haiti. She has volunteered for Health Leads to connect patients to community-based resources. As a medical student, she has volunteered at health clinics and community fairs and tutored graduate health sciences students. She has been Community Service Chair of the Drexel SNMA Chapter and currently serves as the Region VIII Community Service Liaison.
Kimyetta Robinson
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
A second year medical student, Kimyetta Robinson received the COSGP Translating Osteopathic Awareness into Community Health (TOUCH) Silver Award for completing over 50 hours of community service during her first year of medical school. She has participated in a Missions trip to the Dominican Republic in March 2016. As a GE-NMF PCLP Scholar, she experienced the challenges to primary care leadership and the reality of healthcare in underserved areas of Southern California. Mentoring high school and college students, she also currently serves as the Assistant Clinic Administrator of the Rowan SOM student-run Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic (one of two in the country) which provides free osteopathic training to local police officers, firefighters, and community members.
Alfredo Siller Jr.
Medical College of Wisconsin
A second year medical student, Alfredo Siller Jr. is part of the curriculum planning council for the Urban Health and Community Pathway to help future physicians cultivate cultural sensitivity. He is a team member on the AHEC/YHSC project to recruit minority high school students to pursue a career in healthcare. He has worked as a mentor for the Apprenticeship in Medicine program designed to expose disadvantaged high school students to medical facilities and a basic sciences curriculum to foster an interest in medicine.
Craig Washington
Meharry Medical College
A fourth year medical student, Craig Washington as an undergraduate at Brown University, worked to expose kids from the Southside of Providence to educational opportunities through the CityBrothers program. He also found funding for student-led educational programming on campus through the University Finance Board. After graduating, he worked with the university President and other alumni to raise over $500,000 for minority scholarships. As a medical student, he has tutored students from North Nashville at the Center for Imagination, educated uninsured individuals with the Tennessee Justice Center, and volunteered at health fairs.