Message from President Spisso and Dean Martin in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month .
Dr. Jennifer Lucero
We welcome Associate Dean Jennifer Lucero, Admissions Dean for DGSOM and Vice Chair for Equity and Diversity Inclusion in the Department of Anesthesiology.
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Were are honored to highlight a some of our Hispanic Faculty members who are part of the UCLA Health 100 in 100.
Alejandra Casillas, MD, MSHS, in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at DGSOM, has worked extensively to close the gap on health disparities for Latinos using telemedicine and other electronic health tools.
Alma Guerrero, MD, MPH, practices general pediatrics at the Venice Family Clinic and works with vulnerable populations who have high unmet medical and psychosocial needs. She also sees patients at UCLA’s Fit for Healthy Weight Program for children.
Latino Medical Student Association
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Charles R. Drew University unites a community of students, alumni, and health professionals. Our mission is to promote the advancement of Latinx students, patients, and community members throughout greater Los Angeles. By fostering higher educational programs, community volunteering, and networking opportunities, our greater mission is to increase the representation of Latinx health professional students to improve health equity advocacy and policies, in partnership with underserved communities, through the development of:
Congratulations to the 2019 Scholarship Recipients of LA Healthcare Award - Vanessa Nuñez & Aileen Arevalo
Vanessa Nuñez is a third year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA and is part of the Program in Medical Education - Leadership and Advocacy (PRIME-LA). She grew up in the heart of Central California and is the proud daughter of immigrant farmworkers. Her passion for medicine and motivation to fight for health equity stemmed from seeing the disparities in health care access in her rural hometown. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology and Society from UCLA; there, she was able to learn about health disparities and the root causes of the inequities she experienced back home. Vanessa chose to pursue her medical degree at DGSOM as part of PRIME-LA because of the program’s mission of training physician leaders with the skill set to address health inequities and provide high quality care to underserved communities. While at DGSOM, Vanessa has served as Professionalism Council Representative, Co-Chair for the UCLA Chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), academic tutor for first year medical students, and PBL instructor for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). She has also conducted research on health and social service integration as a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Summer Fellow. As part of PRIME-LA, Vanessa will be pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration between her third and fourth year of medical school. She plans to use her clinical and health care management training to fundamentally improve the way care is delivered in underserved communities.
Aileen Arevalo is a Los Angeles native who is a current MS3 at Charles R. Drew/UCLA. Her passions in healthcare for the underserved began during her upbringing in both Los Angeles and Perú where she witnessed disparities in medical care. As a first-generation student, Aileen pursued her studies in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis where she held several leadership positions in student-run free clinics, volunteered with service organizations, and reinforced her dedication to serving medically underserved communities. During her gap years, she combined her interests in research and underserved care through her work with the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Meanwhile, she continued to volunteer at clinics for medically underserved populations, offered mentorship opportunities for high school and pre-health students, and taught human gross anatomy to undergraduates at UC Davis. As a medical student, she remained involved with service and mentorship activities through the Latino National Medical Association (LMSA), MiMentor, and pipeline programming for South Los Angeles youth. Aileen intends to pursue emergency medicine and her interests include health disparities, workforce diversity, social emergency medicine, and fostering puppies.
Congratulations to the 2019 Elevating the Saftey Net L.A Health Scholarship Recipients!
Rigoberto Perez Hernandez
Mr. Rigoberto Perez Hernandez is currently a PRIME-LA second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 2017, Mr. Perez Hernandez earned his B.S. in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University. During his time at Cornell, he served on the African, Latino, Asian, and Native American Intercultural Board and facilitated the Dining with Diverse Minds discussion series to stimulate intercultural dialogue and collaborations across campus. He also founded the Cornell Science Organization of Latinos (SOL) to help increase the number of underrepresented students in medicine through mentorship and service to the community. After graduating, he worked with Jovenes SANOS (Healthy Youth) to implement a diet and nutrition curriculum in order to combat childhood obesity and diabetes in under-resourced regions of Santa Cruz County. In medical school, he is actively involved with writing policy resolutions and presenting them to large delegations at national conferences as the American Medical Association (AMA) Co-Chair for the UCLA chapter. He is also a medical student co-coordinator for the First-Generation Students at UCLA DGSOM group and a PRIME-LA Statewide representative. On his free time, he loves to dance and practice mindfulness meditation.
Adolfo was born and raised in Sylmar. As a first-generation high school and college student, Adolfo started working at an early age to help his family and ease their financial burden. His work ethic and dedication led to graduating from U.C. Santa Barbara and a lab tech position at a UCLA cancer research laboratory. Adolfo also volunteered as an interpreter at Venice Family Clinic, and was a patient advocate at health fairs held in Wilmington and Lennox. Currently a second year medical student in the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, he is interested in orthopedic surgery and providing healthcare to underserved populations.