Nailah Zoi Cox, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing
Zoi’s project aims to improve reproductive health education among vulnerable populations Los Angeles County. Zoi plans to do this through empowering youth to take action through knowledge about their body and health.
Community Site: Renaissance Unlimited Homes, Inc.
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
Angela strives to increase medication literacy and adherence in patients from the Center for Community Health, located in the Skid Row district, who may suffer from mental illness or other chronic conditions. The goal is to improve health outcomes in this low-income and homeless population through one-on-one meetings and with the introduction of various interventions, whether it is to increase adherence or to improve quality of life in other ways.
Community Site: Center for Community Health, Downtown Los Angeles
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
Dong Tran, UCLA School of Medicine
Dong aims to educate adolescents on concepts in health care to improve their health literacy and health outcomes. His project seeks to help students answer basic questions with the goal of increasing health literacy in students at a time when they are becoming more and more independent in managing their health.
Community Site: Hollywood High School
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