Lauren Gibbs and Janell Holloway, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Lauren and Janell aim to address health disparities in Service Planning Area 6 by creating and conducting group health education classes that incorporate integrative medicine to help encourage good health behaviors.
Community Site: UMMA Clinic
Saleemah Glover, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; College of Science and Health
Saleemah’s project aims to explore mental health concern in the Service Planning Area 6 community among High School students. This program aims to educate and inform the students of ways to cope with mental illnesses and where to receive services. The ultimate aim of this project is to diminish the negative stigma around mental health in hopes to stimulate future discussions.
Community Site: Centennial High School
Isake Lockett Holloway
Isake’s projects aim to reduce the disparity gap among minorities with chronic health conditions by transforming the patient- provider relationship. Until now the onus has been on the provider- to be more culturally competent, respectful and master efficient communication techniques when working with minority patients. There has been until now little attention paid to the patients participation in the encounters. This project seeks to change that with a literacy tool and formatted workshop. Both are designed to increase patients initiative, responsibility and empowerment as a means of building a trusting relationship with one’s primary care provider.
Community Site: Tri-City Medical Office, Los Angeles, CA
Lidya Jirjis, UCLA School of Dentistry
Lidya’s project aims to provide preventive dental care education that is geared toward the special needs population in the South of Los Angeles area. Her goal is to educate children, parents and teachers about oral hygiene education and how to customize the child’s preventive care based on his/her special need, which in return will help in optimizing the child’s home dental.
She will be visiting schools to emphasize the importance of children’s oral health by interacting with the children, parents and teachers on a one-to-one basis, as well as in group workshops.
Community Site: TBD
MacKenzie Martin, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC
Mackenzie’s project aims to address oral health disparities and increase preventative dental measures taken by students, staff, and parents involved in Head Start Long Beach. Mackenzie’s project will have a strong focus on oral health education and at home care, as well as, provide school screenings and fluoride application. It is her hope to help decrease the incidence of dental disease in this community.
Community Site: Long Beach Head Start
Jacqueline Nager, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Jackie aims to bring Medical Clowning to pediatric patients at LAC+USC Medical Center, addressing the intrinsic social issues of being hospitalized. She also aims to train Keck medical students in Medical Clowning as a means to improve their physician-patient interaction skills and to build trust between healthcare professionals and medical clowns, establishing this program as a permanent offering at LAC+USC.
Community Site: LAC+USC Medical Center
Marvin Ortiz, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
During his 4th year of pharmacy school, Marvin will seek to improve medication adherence through collaborative teamwork with the healthcare team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Cystic Fibrosis Center. Marvin will be integrated into the clinical team and will aim to intervene on behalf of patients, to educate patients about proper medication use, and provide patients and providers with medication reconciliation. He will also strategize with stakeholders to increase student pharmacists’ involvement in healthcare teams like this one.
Community Site: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Malia Sako, Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at USC
Malia aims to address health disparities in Los Angeles County’s mental health community. She will design and lead an accessible yoga program that provides the opportunity to cultivate stress management strategies and to enhance mind-body connection. The overall goal of this project is to provide members with experiences and knowledge that can increase feelings of empowerment over their health and quality of life.
Community Site: Painted Brain
Allie Schmiesing, Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at USC
Allie has designed a program for older adults living with Parkinson’s Disease in the greater Los Angeles community. Her structure is based upon existing, positive research in the gerontology and occupational science literature that supports the use of reminiscence and intergenerational programs to improve quality of life amongst older adults. The program, in conjunction with community partner Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles, aims to facilitate a positive self-concept and improve quality of life across a variety of measures through reflection and storytelling.
Community Site: Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles
Johnathan Zhao, Keck School of Medicine of USC
John is partnering with case managers, housing specialists, and health professionals to create a “healthcare navigation” program for homeless clients in Hollywood. This program aims to create “service tracks” catered to individual clients’ health needs and provide them with one-on-one case counseling and support. The program’s overall goal is to help increase access to high-quality health services in a complex, often disparate healthcare system.
Community site: The Center at Blessed Sacrament
During his 3rd year of medical school at LAC+USC Medical Center, Roee will use County’s Urgent Care Whole Person Clinic as a home base to improve homelessness follow up for patients one-on-one in a case management format. Roee also aims to increase USC Medical student involvement and work with leaders at the hospital and other local organizations to improve coordination of homelessness follow up efforts.
Community Site: Whole Person Clinic at LAC+USC Urgent Care
Marl Ayson and Heesoo Kim, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Marl and Heesoo aim to increase the number of patients who are homeless who take advantage of the health and social services offered at Center for Community Health Downtown, located in Skid Row. They will create an Advocate Care program in which student volunteers assist patients attending follow-up health appointments at CCH and receive social services that benefit them.
Community Site: Center for Community Health
Loralei Rose Bingamon, Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at USC
Loralei aims to empower high school girls in South and East Los Angeles by implementing a trauma informed yoga series, in conjunction with individualized workshops emphasizing self-reflection, sensory strategies for self-regulation, and leadership building. The overall goal of this comprehensive program is to enhance the use of positive mental health strategies by students in order to build a strong mind-body connection and increase overall wellness, as well as build upon student capacities to be agents of change within their own communities.
Community Site: AF3IRM Los Angeles
Laurel is teaching fitness classes to USC students who are survivors of trauma. Her project, entitled “Glow,” addresses mental health and will improve perceived body image and social support among the survivors.
Community Site: USC Engemann Health Center Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services
Shirley Jiang and Angie Lim, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Shirley and Angie created “Our House 4 Health” to teach boys and girls whose families are in transitional housing about health through a student-input directed curriculum. Their project will have a strong focus on empowering students to develop greater self-efficacy, which can turn into life-long healthy behaviors.
Community Site: Salvation Army Transitional Village in Westwood
Heather is developing a sustainable systemic plan to reduce the effects of Islamophobia on Muslim children ages 5-18, and their families in Los Angeles County. This project aims to address mental health disparities and reduce stigma toward receiving services in Los Angeles County’s Muslim population by creating and conducting psychoeducational sessions pertaining to aligning Islamic values with mental health care, and identifying resources for each participating site to become self-sustaining in their own mental health care needs.
Community Site: Medical Network Devoted to Service (MiNDS)
Adrienne’s project aims to lessen Type 2 Diabetes disparities faced by elder Latina women living in Northeast Los Angeles. Adrienne will be facilitating the design, and application of a large-scale public art project that promotes healthy lifestyle choices. This mural will be painted by members of the Highland Park community and will support an elder Latina’s pursuit of dietary and physical activity choices that may positively impact her entire family.
Community Site: Freedom Community Center
Trina’s project aims to improve cardiovascular health among uninsured females in San Bernardino County. Trina plans to educate females that receive their care in a student run free health clinic. Her project will provide education regarding eating, exercise and red flags for stroke and heart attacks.
Kenny aims to address oral health disparities in Santa Teresita Elementary School located in the Ramona Gardens Public Housing in East Los Angeles, by creating and conducting oral health educational workshops. This population does not have regular access to dental care and Kenny and his team will be bringing the most needed attention to these children. In addition to educational workshops, oral fluoride will be applied, as this is one of the most effective tools in preventing caries on children.
Community Site: Santa Teresita Elementary School
Jolene Smeltzer and Onike Williams, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing
Jolene and Onike aim to prevent and treat the stressors of postpartum depression in the underserved communities of the Los Angeles area. Specifically, they hope to improve awareness of postpartum depression through educational videos in Spanish and English, to screen patients for postpartum depression and then invite at-risk mothers to the monthly “Me Time for Mommy” resource days that utilizes unconventional interventions like massage therapy and aesthetic beauty treatments to promote enhanced well-being, respite care, disease management, healthy-decision making, and as well as create a peer-support community. Resources during this transitional time period are not only important for the mother but for the growth and wellbeing of the newborn child as well.
Community Sites: Clinica Santa Maria in Huntington Park and a local community hospital.
Sarah Jane aims to explore the needs and health impacts that environmental toxins have on the community of Watts through a needs-assessment survey. In collaboration with various organizations and community partners, she will help organize a health fair with free on-site medical services and various health talks related to health and advocacy efforts to eliminate resident’s exposure to toxic land and air contaminants caused by industries in South Los Angeles.
Community Site: UCLA-Harbor Medical Center & Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
Carlos’s project aims to address healthcare disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) inner-city youth in Los Angeles. Carlos will conduct a photo voice intervention that empowers participants by teaching them documentary photography skills. The youth will utilize cameras to photograph their community concerns, community assets, and health barriers. These photographs are collaboratively interpreted and narratives will be used to better understand the community and help plan health/social programs that address LGBTQ community needs.
Community Site: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
School of Medicine and The Paul Merage School of Business
As a future physician and drawing from her MBA degree, Tiffany aims to optimize per capita cost health care and improve the patient experience and care of the medically underserved Korean American population of Orange County.
Community Site: KCS Health Center
Keck School of Medicine
Margarita will work with incoming 3rd – 8th graders at a local charter school to address issues of childhood obesity by implementing a hands-on nutrition education program. She hopes that through targeting students that are transitioning into a new school, and thus, forming new social eating habits, she can open an active discussion about health and improve nutrition literacy.
Community Site: Renaissance Arts Academy School
Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Elle Mustion is developing and implementing a program targeting elementary-aged children diagnosed with autism in schools in South Central Los Angeles aimed at bridging the resource gap and empowering families, fellow students, and teachers who make up the community to create an environment of support and success.
Community Site: Norwood Elementary
Irene Chen and Chioma Nowzuzu
School of Pharmacy
Irene and Chioma aim to address the lack of students of color in the healthcare profession by teaching a health disparities course at local high schools in the Los Angeles area. The course exposes students to social determinants of health, encourages them to explore the various healthcare professions, and empowers them to be agents of change in their own communities.
Community Sites: USC’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program, Bravo Medical Magnet High School
School of Dentistry
David’s project aims to educate expectant parents, parents of children 0-5 years old and their teachers about the importance of good oral hygiene in the hopes of decreasing the incidence of Early Childhood Caries in South Los Angeles communities. He and his team will be visiting preschools, parenting workshops, and after-school events to emphasize the importance of children’s oral health and raise awareness for limiting salivary transfer between caregivers and children by interacting with parents on a one-to-one basis, as well as in group workshops.
Community Site: The Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Gramercy Housing Group, Inglewood Unified School District
Keck School of Medicine
Emma plans to improve access to information about women’s health among patients in Downtown Los Angeles by developing brief, educational videos in Spanish that can be used during a clinical encounter.
Community Site: USC-Eisner Family Medicine Center
School of Dentistry
Jonathan’s project aims to help lessen the health disparities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in Los Angeles. He will be providing oral health screenings and educational workshops on health topics such as oral health, safe sex, and sexually transmitted infections for LGBTQ young adults. In addition, he will providing LGBTQ cultural sensitivity seminars for dental students and pre-health undergraduate students. Through community education, he hopes to empower both health providers and LGBTQ patients in order to reduce LGBTQ health issues.
Community Site: USC LGBT Resource Center
Jenna Van Draanen
School of Public Health
Jenna aims to address homelessness in West Hollywood by creating a mobile housing help desk to prevent eviction and help people access affordable housing.
Community Site: UCLA Mobile Clinic Project.
School of Medicine
Mohammed is developing a running/mentoring program for middle/high school students in the Lennox Unified School District with the hopes of encouraging healthy lifestyles through running, while concomitantly encouraging them to pursue a post-secondary education.
Community Site: Lennox Unified School District
School of Nursing
Gena works to engage adolescent parents in a CenteringParenting program in South Los Angeles. In addition to increasing awareness of the CenteringParenting program, she collaborates with South Bay Family Health Care and other community organizations to improve access to health services among teens. Her outreach includes facilitating youth-led discussions about reproductive health and intimate partner relationships at local high schools. Ultimately, she aims to help equip teens with the knowledge to make well-informed decisions and strengthen their ability to utilize community resources so they can achieve health.
Community site: South Bay Family Health Care
School of Medicine
The Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA is a multidisciplinary effort that provides both social and medical needs to the homeless and underserved in West Hollywood. Eric hopes to expand the services this clinic provides by adding physical therapy services through a collaboration with USC school of physical therapy. Through this collaboration, Eric hopes to address chronic musculoskeletal problems that are especially prevalent in this population as many of these individuals lack a bed to call their own.
Community Site: UCLA Mobile Clinic Project
Krystle Frazier and Axeline Maisonett
Charles Drew School of Medicine
Kryslte and Axeline aim to address obstacles faced by adolescent mothers in Gardena, California. They will be developing and implementing an activity-based curricula that emphasizes healthy decision-making, planning for parenthood, navigating existing resources and creating a peer support system.
Community Site: Riley High School
School of Public Health
Tanya’s project aims to increase electronic literacy among Latino adults participating in health education programs through churches and parent centers in the San Fernando Valley. The project will deliver eHealth workshops to provide participants with a basic understanding of how to access and search the Internet, how to download and use cell phone apps, and how to register for online and text-based health resources. Hands-on practice is built-in to promote preventive health behaviors and better health management through technology use.
Community Site: Faith Community Health Partnership, Providence Health and Services
Sara Abdelhalim, USC Master of Public Health Program
Sara is creating and implementing a holistic healing program that provides survivors of sexual violence with trauma sensitive yoga while incorporating elements of art and music therapy. This program is designed to allow survivors to regain self-efficacy while encouraging them to maintain healthy mental and physical lifestyles.
Community Site: TBD
Nicole Bui, UCLA School of Dentistry
Nicole’s project aims to decrease the incidence of Early Childhood Caries in the South Los Angeles Area by educating expectant parents and parents of children 0-5 years old. She will be visiting preschools, parenting workshops, and women’s clinics to emphasize the importance of children’s oral health by interacting with parents on a one-to-one basis, as well as in group workshops.
Community Site: First 5 LA
Halema Buzayan, USC School of Pharmacy
Halema is educating American Muslim women about osteoporosis risk and prevention through group workshops and individual counseling sessions.
Community Site: Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI)
Marko Spasic and Lawrance Chung, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Marko and Lawrance are incorporating curricula into symposiums that focus on educating students with intellectual disabilities about nutrition and common health problems.
Alyssa Concha, USC Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Alyssa is designing and implementing training to supplement promotor de salud [promoter of health]/community health worker training program. Promotores address a variety of health issues, including environmental health, lead poisoning prevention, allergies and asthma, prenatal care and early childhood development, and access to health services. The goal behind the supplemental training is to provide promotores skills and resources to support their peer advocacy and peer education efforts throughout the community.
Community Site: Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Allison T. Davis, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Allison is implementing an oral hygiene training program for young adults with intellectual disabilities that is aimed at reducing dental anxiety and preventing dental disease.
Community Site: TBD
Arti Desai, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Arti is developing and implementing a culturally and linguistically appropriate educational training program that focuses on preconceptional and prenatal care in the hopes of increasing awareness of maternal risk factors that can contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Community Site: The Perinatal Institute at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
Lyndon Gonzalez, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Lyndon is developing a running/mentoring program for middle/high school students in the Lennox Unified School District with the hopes of encouraging healthy lifestyles through running, while concomitantly encouraging them to pursue a post-secondary education.
Community Site: Lennox Unified School District
Ladan Khoddam, Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Utilizing PhotoVoice and participatory action research to address the needs of HIV positive individuals, specifically youth, to allow for community engagement, as well as provide a space for HIV positive youth to advocate their concerns using their own language and experiences.
Community Site: TBD
Lauren Maldonado, USC Keck School of Medicine
Lauren is implementing advanced care planning services for geriatric low income and/or ethnic minority patients in East Los Angeles. Through community education and referral to resources, she hopes to empower patients to comfortably discuss goals of care with their families and physicians, consider end of life directives, and better utilize palliative care or hospice services.
Community Site: LAC+USC Geriatrics Clinic
Julia Routman, UCLA School of Nursing & David Routman, Keck School of Medicine of USC and David Routman, USC Keck School of Medicine
Julia and David aim to improve health outcomes in diabetic adults by promoting lipid-lowering medication prescription, counseling, and follow-up.
Community Site: Northeast Valley Health Corporation
Karen Tan, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Tan aims to promote safe medication usage within the geriatric Chinese population by conducting educational seminars as well as medication reconciliation sessions where any identified medication-related problems will be sent to the senior’s primary care physician.
Community Site: APC Senior Wellness Center
Warren Yamashita, Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
Under Connecting Californians to Care―a collaborative coalition with USC, UCLA, and Charles Drew University–Warren is developing an interdisciplinary network of USC student Covered CA and Medi-Cal insurance counselors to educate and increase enrollment amongst Latinos in Los Angeles.
Community Sites: Saban Community Clinic, Mother and Child Health Access, and Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers.
Lyndsey Bradley and Hannah Kim, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/David Geffin School of Medicine at University of California-Los Angeles
Lyndsey is helping students understand the social determinants of health and connecting them to resources that will address these issues.
Community Site: HealthBegins
Ryan Brennan, University of California-Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Ryan is providing oral hygiene information and dental care to the homeless and underserved.
Community Site: MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) Dental Clinic & Homeless Not Toothless
Victoria Cho, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Victoria is educating the Chinese elderly about medication-related problems through regular brown bags and seminars.
Community Site: Allied Physicians of California (APC) Senior Wellness Center
Nicole Coppage, Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
Nicole is informing previously gang-involved and incarcerated women and men about chronic diseases, how to access health care, and available community rescources.
Community Site: Homeboy Industries
Nicholas Iafe and Negeen Shahandeh, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California-Los Angeles
Nicholas and Negeen are creating curricula focused on identifying and preventing common health problems among people with intellectual disabilities. Community Site: Pathway at UCLA Extension
Kelly Jones and Meghan Ward, Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
Kelly and Meghan are addressing the growing problem of body image and eating disorders among young females.
Community Site: Bella Vita Institute
Jared Kenney and Clark Knowlton, University of California-Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Jared and Clark are instructing and motivating preschool parents on the importance of child oral hygiene and implementing an oral hygiene program in preschools.
Community Site: First 5 LA, Breastfeed LA
Lusineh Keshishian, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
Lusineh is implementing an HPV vaccine educational program to increase knowledge and awareness in the community of Pomona.
Community Site: Pomona Community Health Center
Alyson Kil, Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
Alyson will improve access and availability of healthcare screenings available on Skid Row.
Community Site: Young Nak Celebration Church of Los Angeles & Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC)
Ingrid Leu, University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Ingrid is designing and implementing a recovery oriented curriculum targeting adults with serious or persistent mental illness, helping them increase their self-sufficiency and improve health and well-being.
Community Site: Kedren Community Mental Health Center
Sonia Morales, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/David Geffin School of Medicine at University of California-Los Angeles
Sonia is bringing a Photonovela and a one-on-one education intervention program to families of pediatric cancer survivors in the community setting.
Community Site: PADRES Contra El Cancer
Rebekah Ndinda Ngewa, Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Rebekah Ndinda is creating and implementing a culturally relevant health education program to African American women in the hopes of increasing their knowledge of breast and cervical cancer screening and available resources.
Community Site: Healthy Heritage Cultural and Wellness Center
Michelle Sun, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California-Los Angeles
Michelle is utilizing technology and quality improvement strategies to improve colorectal cancer screenings at a community clinic serving a low-income population in downtown LA.
Community Site: Pico Aliso Clinic, Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC)
Nidhi Taneja, University of California-Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Nidhi is improving the oral health of mothers, infants, and children through screenings and education courses and materials.
Community Site: Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health & Wellness Center
Yun-Ju Yoo, Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California
Yun-Ju is brushing teeth for dependent elders in a nursing home, educating the nurses’ assistants about the importance of the oral hygiene for the dependent elders, and educating the independent elders at the nursing home through a one on one OHI (oral hygiene instruction).
Community Site: Hollenbeck Palms Nursing Home
Mark Andre, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Dharma Sunjaya, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Andre and Sunjaya developed and implemented a diabetic education program for homeless patients.
Community Site: Student Run Homeless Clinic
Molly Diaz and Kene Ojukwu, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Diaz and Ojukwu implemented a health education program for 5th-graders called Anatomy Academy.
Community Site: Stella Middle Charter Academy
Evita Limon-Rocha, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Limon-Rocha developed and implemented mental health education modules at a clinic serving uninsured people.
Community Site: Venice Family Clinic
Rebecca Lopez and Janelle Rodriguez, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Lopez and Rodriguez developed and implemented a health education and parenting curriculum for young, at-risk parents in East Los Angeles.
Community Site: AltaMed Adolescent Family Life Program in East Los Angeles
Saint Magbegor, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Magbegor provided health education and screenings for diabetes and hypertension at local barbershops.
Community Site: The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
Patricia Martinez, University of Southern California School of Medicine
Martinez implemented a “health partner” program that pairs medical students with patients with chronic illness to serve as health advocates.
Community Site: South Central Family Health Center
Alexander Martos and Jeffrey Williams, University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health
Martos and Williams conducted sexual health education workshops for gay and bisexual men.
Community Site: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
Christine Thang, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Thang expanded the Venice Family Clinic’s KP KIDS (Kids In Dynamic Shape) program by providing healthy cooking workshops.
Community Site: Venice Family Clinic
Ryann Walker, University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Walker provided oral health education and care to people emerging from homelessness via her “Ticket to Smiles” program.
Community Site: Salvation Army Westwood Transitional Village
Yue (Joy) Wang, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Wang promoted smoking cessation among low-income people, including by distributing nicotine inhalers.
Community Site: USC Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program
Amanda A. Wong, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Wong helped visually impaired people take control of their health via medication reviews and educational workshops.
Community Site: Braille Institute
Maria Aleshin and Cherie Blair, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Blair and Aleshin addressed health disparities experienced by incarcerated females in Los Angeles County by creating and implementing health education and empowerment workshops at the Century Regional Detention Facility. Additionally, they developed and implemented a lecture/workshop series held at the David Geffen School of Medicine, aimed at increasing knowledge and reducing the stigma associated with this population.
Community Site: Century Regional Detention Facility
Angelina Cazares, USC School of Social Work
Aresha Martinez, UCLA School of Public Health
Cazares and Martinez empowered female juvenile detainees to adopt safer sexual practices by offering Girl Talk, a comprehensive sexual education course and support group.
Community Site: TBD
Erica Davenport and Sabah R’id, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science/UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Davenport and R’id launched Project Beauty, an initiative for at-risk adolescent girls designed to promote empowerment, health, self-esteem, and safe sexual practices.
Community Site: Healthy African American Families
Sadiah Iqbal, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Iqbal provided health workshops targeting South Asian and Middle Eastern communities. These workshops provided health education, early screening, appropriate referrals, and a community support system for prevalent chronic conditions including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and depression.
Community Site: Mandir, Gurdwara, and Islamic Center
Crystal Ives, USC Keck School of Medicine
Ives addressed the lack of opportunity for controlled detoxification from opiates for low-income individuals in downtown Los Angeles by starting a short-term outpatient buprenorphine detoxification program at an established needle exchange site. Patients were given the opportunity to experience sobriety without going through opiate withdrawal. In addition to medications and clinic visits, Ives’ program offered patients the opportunity to connect with community resources and link in to long-term support for maintaining a sober lifestyle.
Community Site: 4th Street Harm Reduction Clinic, Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles
Ashlee Klevens, USC School of Pharmacy
Klevens worked to develop a bi-monthly medication self-management program for Hispanic residents of Lincoln Heights.
Community Site: Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
Charlotte Oduro, UCLA School of Public Health
Oduro worked to improve the health outcomes of prostate cancer survivors preparing to exit the IMPACT program by implementing a program that focused on skill development and participant empowerment. In addition to providing focus groups aimed at assisting participants in managing their care and navigating the health care system, Oduro’s program reached out to members of the participants’ support groups and the clinical team to reinforce participant skills and self-efficacy and provide participants with an opportunity to brainstorm ways to apply strategies and skills gained.
Community Site: California IMPACT Program, Los Angeles County
Jennifer Phung, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Phung educated children and families in a domestic violence shelter on nutrition and healthy eating through a community gardening program. Phung also lead sessions on preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes through healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices.
Community Site: Asian Pacific Women’s Center
Kavita Renduchintala, USC Keck School of Medicine
Renduchintala addressed the need for access to health and wellness education among local underserved minority middle-school and high-school students by creating interactive small-group health workshops that focused on various teen health issues. These workshops included information on sexual health, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, exercise, and mental health. Additionally, Renduchintala helped create a science curriculum to increase performance levels in science classes and encourage teens to pursue health-related professional paths.
Community Site: USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative Program (USC NAI)
Stephen Speicher, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Speicher created and put into function a sanctuary for yoga, meditation, and prayer on the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times campus in Idyllwild, Ca. The sanctuary served as a permanent facility promoting mental and physical wellness for children with cancer, as well as their siblings. The project empowered underserved Los Angeles youth by creating a space through which they can cope with difficulties through healthy forms of expression.
Community Site: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
David Tran, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Tran addressed the epidemic of methamphetamine abuse among Latino and LGBT adolescents in East Los Angeles by creating a youth meth task force in conjunction with the Greater East LA Meth Task Force and by strengthening mental health resources in the community. The youth task force provided youth representation and perspectives in the design, implementation, and evaluation of meth prevention efforts in East LA. In addition, Tran addressed the lack of mental health resources in the East LA community by organizing and distributing resources to community organizations. He organized youth-specific meth prevention activities (such as an interactive webinar on youth perspectives on meth prevention and reliable referral services to mental health resources) in hopes of empowering and engaging the community to take active roles in the health of their youth.
Community site: The Wall-Las Memorias, the Greater East LA Meth Task Force
Victor Yee, UCLA School of Public Health
Yee improved follow-up medical health care for individuals served by APA Health CARE community health fairs who face language, cost, and information barriers to regular health care. Health fair participants were telephoned within two months of a health fair and referred to appropriate low-cost, community-based clinics.
Community Site: APA Health CARE
Julia Pratt, USC Keck School of Medicine
Pratt aims to address the prevalence of childhood obesity, adult diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the Boyle Heights Area by developing a Boyle Heights Farmer’s Market, which will help to provide fresh, affordable, organic produce to area residents as well as create green food sector jobs, promote sustainable agriculture, activate public space, and enhance broad public awareness to change the food system through policy education and community advocacy. Community Site: Boyle Heights Community
Kimberly Komatsubara and Tressia Hing, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Komatsubara and Hing plan to address the unique health issues affecting the Asian American community in Los Angeles by developing hands-on workshops on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental illness, physician-patient relationship, and medication compliance. Community Site: Asian Pacific Health Care Venture Clinic
Patience Afulani, UCLA School of Public Health
Afulani aims to promote breast feeding and nutrition among African American women in South Los Angeles by developing a guide to counsel and educate women on breastfeeding, as well as holding weekly educational sessions with individual women. Community Sites: South LA Health Projects; Figuroa and Florence Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Centers
Stephanie Liang, University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy
Liang plans to address medication adherence and health knowledge in patients affected by chronic diseases by holding information sessions for both patients and health care providers. Community Site: Community Health Alliance of Pasadena
Andrea Lu, USC Keck School of Medicine
Lu aims to address teen and elderly mental wellness in the Long Beach Asian American community by mentoring teens bi-weekly, giving presentations at senior citizen homes, and leading workshops at high schools in the San Gabriel Valley. Community Site: Pacific Asian Counseling Services
Ekaterina (Katia) Vaisberg, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Vaisberg plans to address the issues of obesity and type II diabetes by partnering with the KP KIDS program at the Venice Family Clinic to hold swim classes at the Westside Family YMCA. She will also work to expand the KP KIDS model to other sites throughout the community. Community Sites: Venice Family Clinic; Westside Family YMCA
Roland Palvolgyi, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Palvolgyi aims to address the prevalence of hepatitis B in underserved communities around Los Angeles County by providing hepatitis B screening at health fairs and conducting monthly educational workshops and seminars. Community Sites: Asian Pacific American (APA) Health CARE; Asian Pacific Liver Center
Shannon Snook, USC Keck School of Medicine
Snook plans to address the issue of nutrition in underserved communities by creating a community garden in the Boyle Heights community. Community Site: Clinica Oscar Romero
Ali Arastu, USC Keck School of Medicine
Arastu is working to address disparities in traditional public school health education in inner-city high schools by leading wilderness retreats to promote student self-efficacy and interest in entering a health-related field. Community Site: USC Child Obesity Center
Sybil Zachariah, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Zachariah will target the physical and mental well being of pediatric inpatients at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA by creating ArT HEALth!, an art-therapy based initiative which will provide art supplies, project ideas, and guidance for these patients. Community Site: Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
James Lee, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Lee plans to address the unequal access to health services in the Asian Pacific American community by conducting 10 community health fairs that will provide free screening for diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension, as well as provide educational workshops and appropriate referrals for care. Community Site: Asian Pacific American (APA) Health CARE
Sean Prendergast, UCLA School of Public Health
Prendergast will work to provide necessary chronic medications for the homeless clients of the UCLA Mobile Clinic. Community Site: UCLA Mobile Clinic
Ashley Roberts and Anne Sutkowi, UCLA School of Public Health
Roberts and Sutkowi plan to address the issue of teen suicide among high school youth by implementing their STRIDES program, a skill-building and physical activity curriculum aimed at increasing protective factors against suicide. Community Site: TBD
2009-2010 Fellows and Projects
Saskya Byerly (USC Med), Kimberly DeQuattro (USC Med), and Kristen Gregory (USC Med) will be doing a comprehensive education and mentoring program targeting high risk young women in the East Los Angeles area. They plan to reach out to those at high-risk for teen pregnancy, assist and educate those already pregnant and to provide support and parenting skills to young mothers.
Matthew Calzetta (USC Med) is developing a community garden project in the Boyles Heights community, as part of the Romero Clinic. This garden will provide increase green space in a low-income urban neighborhood, promote fresh produce to community member’s diets, promote exercise and movement, and improve mental health.
Lynne Chang (UCLA Med) is planning to do an outreach-based syringe exchange program for the homeless injection drug users in Los Angeles as well as improve delivery of health services and and education to that population.
Lucy Chow (UCLA Med) will be working to develop the Asian Pacific American Helath Collaboration Access Resource and Education (APA Health CARE) to provide health screenings for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and hepatitis B at various health fairs throughout the year in the Los Angeles area.
Adam Cohen (UCLA MPH) will be bringing music to local Los Angeles hospitals as well as recruiting others to join him. He hopes of bringing psychologic and physical healing to those suffering through music.
Jeffrey Delacruz (UCLA Med) and Brian Raffetto (UCLA Med) will be working together on the KP Kids after school childhood obesity project at Venice Family Clinic, helping to encourage exercise and proper nutrition in underserved youth. They plan to expand the program to include more children and other sites.
Stephania Hayes (USC Occupational and Physical Therapy) will be working with residents of board & care homes to improve their quality of life, especially mental health, through goal-oriented activities.
Kenneth Kim (UCLA Med) will be assisting low-income and uninsured patients to access needed medications through facilitating their enrollment in the Patient Assistance Program, which offers no cost medications to the uninsured.
Erin Grieb (UCI Med) and Wonita Youm (UCI Med) will be working with Children’s Hospital of Orange County Primary Care clinics and the Medical Initiative Against Homelessness to address pediatric obesity and cardiovascular disease. They plan weekly one hour patient education classes and physical activities for the children.
Matthew Hakimi (UCLA Med) plans to work with the UCLA Schoolof Dentistry to provide dental care and eye screening via the UCLA Eye Mobile clinic to the patient populations served by the UCLA Student-Run Free clinics.
Cianna Leatherwood (USC Med) will be providing health education to homeless youth in the Hollywood area, including information on sexually transmitted illnesses, drug and alcohol use.
Carolina Rodriguez (USC Social Work and Nursing) will be developing a case management intervention to better deliver medical and mental health care for low-income and uninsured patients.
Ariel Strauss (UCLA Law) will be working with the UCLA Student-Run Homeless clinic to provide Supplemental Security Income application assistance to homeless clients in order to gain them access to subsidized housing and Medi-Cal health coverage.
Cyrus Taghavi (UCLA Med) will serving the UCLA Student-Run Homeless clinic population that suffers from chronic low back pain, utilizing educational workshops to teach exercises to improve strength, proper lifting technique and proper footwear.
Jasmine Walton (USC Dental) will be exposing high school students to service by role modeling, developing their confidence in science, teaching them practical skills, and working them through problems based learning cases to encourage the development of underserved inner city youth into future health care professionals.
Courtney Burks, UCLA School of Public Health
Courtney is planning to create a free, student-run clinic or screening service for the Latino community in East Los Angeles, involving medical, dental, nursing and public health students.
Joseph Chan and Henry Guan, UCLA School of Medicine
Joseph and Henry will target diabets and obesity in at-risk teens and pre-teens at the Boys and Girls club and YMCA to provide a safe place for adolescents to exercise and to provide them basic health knowledge about obesity and diabetes.
Stacy Chan and Ashley Quan, UCLA School of Medicine
Stacy and Ashley will provide healthcare professionals language tools to communicate health issues to non-English speaking Chinese patients to improve cultural awareness on patients’ views of health as well as address hepatitis B, type II diabetes and osteoporosis.
Tyler Gonzalez, UCLA School of Medicine
Tyler is planning to work with a pediatric diabetic clinic to help educate patients about diet, exercise, and lifestyle change in underserved areas of Los Angeles.
Daniel Karlin and Mark Lin, UCLA School of Medicine
Daniel and Mark will establish micro-clinics where health professionals will provide clinic members with basic education about the disease, followed by hands-on workhops to acquaint patients with equipment and medications to allow individuals to ultimately collectively educate each other.
Victoria Lin, UCLA School of Medicine
Victoria will implement a program to teach Easter Medicine including acupressure and deep breathing exercises for stress reduction to the medically indigent, homeless population in West Los Angeles.
Sonya Soni, USC School of Public Health
Sonya will create a USC student run primary care health clinic adjacent to the USC Dental Health Clinic on Skid Row, to provide medical services, mental health counseling, prescriptions, and referral services to Los Angeles’ uninsured and underserved population.
Hilda Wiryawan, UCLA School of Public Health
Hilda is planning to help uninsured populations in the community clinics in Los Angeles by connecting them with social workers to assist in Medi-Cal application in order to improve health care access.
Victoria Yung, UCLA School of Medicine
Victoria will be implementing a smoking cessation program at the Student Run Homeless Clinic in Santa Monica, to provide non-prescription and prescription aids to quit smoking as well as a support system.