|Raphael McNeal Harris
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
A second year medical student, Raphael McNeal Harris has shown a commitment to improving the well-being of underserved communities. After receiving his BA in chemistry from the University of Virginia, he served in the AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program. As a VISTA, he worked to increase the welfare of uninsured and uninformed patients by coordinating classes to promote health awareness in the community.
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Sandy Jiang has demonstrated passion for working with the underserved. Ms. Jiang graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and human biology. Her research interests were in immigrant medicinal foods and medical anthropology, and she presented her work at the Society of Economic Botany and the Eastern Atlantic Research Forum. As a medical student, Ms. Jiang mentors pre-health students and individualizes physical fitness programs, and hopes to combine experiences to provide holistic care experiences within her internal medicine practice.
Morehouse School of Medicine
A fourth year medical student, Monique Merritt has exhibited excellence in service and academics. While completing her BA in biology from Spelman College, she served her community, and held a variety of leadership positions. Her dedication and loyalty in service allowed her to receive the Health Careers Department Service and Dedication Award. In medical school, she continued to serve with the Student National Medical Association and as President of the Morehouse School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group. She plans to continue to volunteer in underserved communities and promote healthy and preventive lifestyles.
Drexel University College of Medicine
A third year medical student, Justin Okons has demonstrated a deep compassion for working and caring for the underserved. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BA in biology. As an executive board member of both the Student National Medical Association and Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program, he has diligently worked to strengthen ties with the medical school and the West Philadelphia low-income community through health workshops and various fund-raising efforts. Through a summer internship at a local residential senior citizen home, Mr. Okons implemented a blood screening and exercise program related to healthy management of blood pressure.
Morehouse School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Alcha Strane has demonstrated a commitment to medicine and serving underserved medical populations. As a Masters student at Morehouse School of Medicine, Ms. Strane created a community needs assessment at the Healing Community Center, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, to determine barriers to healthcare. Ms. Strane couples her desire for research with hands on experience through serving at the Grady Hospital operating room and Morehouse Medicine primary care centers.