Kristen Bang, University of Southern California, Occupational Therapy
During her second year as a Master’s in Occupational Therapy student, Kristen will be conducting a five-session ‘Healthy Aging’ program to address chronic, health-related issues experienced by 10-15 older, low-income immigrants residing in Orange County. Such sessions will introduce a culturally-relevant, traditional mind-body exercise, suggest various stress-management techniques, and screen for dementia. The ‘Healthy Aging’ program will follow a model of healthcare provision that is endorsed by ‘Live Healthy O.C.,’ an initiative that aims to secure reimbursement for health-promotion and wellness services by pairing them with Primary Care Physician check-ups. The intention is to transform the emphasis from disease-management to holistic/integrated, preventative healthcare services.
Community Site: KCS Health Center.
DanQuynh C. Bui, University of Southern California, Pharmacy
DanQuynh aims to address the health disparity of higher rates of undetected or uncontrolled medical conditions among individuals with mental illness compared to the general public at the Painted Brain Community Center. DanQuynh will create health education presentations pertaining to diabetes/cholesterol/blood pressure, conduct screenings for elevated blood pressure and elevated blood glucose, and ensure participants requiring care receive medical follow-up.
Community Site: Painted Brain Community Center
Theresa Hoang, Western University, Pharmacy
Theresa aims to provide a creative, musical outlet for children and transitional youth with mental health issues. There will be music-related workshops and instrumental lessons. At the end of the program, there will be a recital that will showcase the students’ hard work. The goal of this program is to give students an opportunity to express themselves creatively in a safe space. The second goal is to allow them to work towards a goal (the recital) in an unpressured and supportive environment.
Community Site: TAY Hot Spot
Kwang Kim and Damond Ng, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Kwang and Damond will implement an electronic health record system into student-run, homeless clinic sites managed by the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project. They seek to improve street-side healthcare delivery by facilitating connections of vulnerable populations back into the LA’s community health clinics/social services, improve continuity of care, and reduce chronic disease morbidity.
Community Site: UCLA Mobile Clinic Project
Aimi Nguyen, University of Southern California, School of Dentistry
Aimi’s project is designed to reduce disease risk factors in the women and children of Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row. Her project will provide education on nutrition-related chronic diseases and practical and affordable ways to incorporate health-promoting plant based foods into a sustainable lifestyle.
Community Site: Union Rescue Mission
David Saldana, University of Southern California, Occupational Therapy
As a 2nd-year occupational therapy student, David aims to empower Latinos with type 2 diabetes in Boyle Heights, to adapt culturally sensitive lifestyle routines and habits to effectively combat diabetes and promote well-being. David has partnered with the LAC+USC Wellness Center and seeks to use an occupational therapy lens to guide a small group intervention to teach people skills and habits to promote their well-being though a series of evidence-based educational and
Community Site: Historic Hospital LAC+USC Wellness Center
Anderson Nguyen, University of California, Irvine, Medicine
Anderson is developing a program that provides early exposure to higher education, mentorship, clinical exposure, and nutrition health education workshops for high school students from the Watts and Harbor City communities within south Los Angeles. These communities have some of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S., and their zip code and environment predisposes them to becoming obese and developing diabetes. I hope to provide an avenue for students from these urban underserved communities to feel supported by their mentors and be exposed to higher education, while also addressing the high rates of childhood and adult obesity in these communities.
Community Site: Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Clinic (Harbor City, CA) and High Schools in Harbor City/Watts Communities
Aubrey Kelly, Charles Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
During his 2nd year of medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Aubrey strives to improve the health and wellness of lower income residents of South Central Los Angeles through a faith based lifestyle modification program entitled Pride, Power, Purpose. The threefold program includes increasing awareness on social determinants of health, providing nutritional counseling, and guided fitness strategies to elevate the health of each program participant.
Community Site: Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church