New Hampshire / Vermont
FELLOWS AND PROJECTS
Priya Bhat, University of San Diego/Ssan Diego State Graduate School of Public Health
Priya is creating workshops that provide health education about chronic diseases targeting Asian-Indian adults.
Community Site: TBD
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 informing older Chinese adutls about polypharmacy and how cultural remedies affect medicines prescribed.
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 utilizaing technology and education to give patients confidence to take charge of their health through literacy, prevention, and self management.
Community Site: Pico Aliso & Joshua House Community Clinics from the 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 implementing creative activities aimed at informing Korean elders in nursing homes about the importance of periodontal health and screenings.
Community Site: TBD
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
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
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
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.