Alumni Spotlight: Dr. C Freeman
NMF is proud to honor Dr. C Freeman with our Distinguished Alumni Award at the Champions of Health Awards in Los Angeles on June 26th.
Dr. Freeman is president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA), the first African American to occupy that post.
Dr. Freeman is an inspiration to us all, not just for her considerable professional achievements, but also for her dedication to providing quality care to all our communities and to supporting medical professionals from underrepresented communities.
Dr. Freeman’s experience—as an NMF Scholar, as an African American woman in medicine, and as an active member of the NMF Network—speaks to the value of NMF’s work on so many levels.
When she received her NMF award, she was like so many med school students, struggling to make ends meet. She relied on scholarships and grants to get by and was grateful for the support from NMF.
After med school, as she began her career in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Freeman appreciated the assistance, including her NMF grant, that she didn’t have to repay. With a relatively low amount of student loan debt, she was able to consider a broad range of career options and pursue further studies, earning an MBA at Pepperdine University.
She is keenly aware that many medical students today don’t have those options because of crippling student loan debt. That is one of many reasons that she decided to get more involved as an NMF alum. In her words, “My involvement has been more about saying thank you for supporting me because, but for that support, I wouldn’t be able to do the things I’m doing. I would not have been able to accomplish the things I’ve done. I wouldn’t be able to contribute to others who definitely have the capacity to not only do or accomplish the things that I have done but even more.”
Even now, as a seasoned professional, Dr. Freeman values the NMF network and the opportunity it provides to connect with like-minded medical professionals from similar backgrounds at all career stages. She is an active and dedicated mentor to students and young professionals, and also enjoys sharing knowledge and resources with peers and elders.
Congratulations, Dr. Freeman, and thanks so much for all you contribute to improving healthcare for all our communities!