arana-stephanie-headshotStephanie Arana, a second-year medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, was awarded the opportunity to participate in the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) in 2016. She served as a PCLP Scholar at Near North Health Service Corporation, a federally qualified health center in Chicago, Illinois. As a part of her Scholar requirements, Stephanie completed a team-based project with Wayne Davis of Morehouse School of Medicine that focused on increasing the breast cancer screening rates at this health site. “We found that if patients are properly educated on breast cancer screenings and providers agree on a set of guidelines to promote coordinated care, the screening rates can improve greatly,” Stephanie noted of their findings. The team presented their project to the PCLP Scholar cohort and notable program stakeholders at the 2016 PCLP Symposium in Chicago, Illinois.

In her undergraduate years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Stephanie successfully integrated community service and nano-polymer research for Type I Diabetes treatment. She founded the Body, Mind and Spirit Run 5K to raise money for Salud y Paz, a health and education organization located in Guatemala. She began to volunteer for M-POWER Ministries which provided healthcare to the economically challenged and later worked as a Regional Coordinator for AmeriCorp-Impact Alabama. Currently, Stephanie continues to be involved in the Family Medicine Chapter of the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians by providing healthcare to the homeless and underinsured at the Samaritan Clinic.