The NMF Scholar Spotlight for June 2017 goes to Ken Kitayama, our Scholar Speaker for the 2017 Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards! Continue reading below for his biography, and click here to buy tables and tickets for the Los Angeles Champions of Health Awards.

Ken Kitayama 
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
California Community Service-Learning Program
GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program

Ken Kitayama is a rising fourth-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is also a member of UCLA PRIME, a program for students interested in working with underserved communities. During 2016-17, Ken was a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow with the UCLA South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR), an NIH-funded infectious diseases training fellowship.  For the 2017-18 academic year, Ken will be working toward an MPH degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  During the summer of 2014, Ken was a GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) Scholar and conducted an evaluation of a bilingual patient portal for a large safety-net provider in Los Angeles, California.  In 2016, Ken received support from the NMF California Community Service-Learning Program (CCSLP) to conduct a pilot study examining the effectiveness of an iPad application to detect visual field defects associated with glaucoma in Latino adults at health fairs in Los Angeles County.