Member since: Fall 2014
My undergraduate experiences in the Central Valley exposed me to the disparities in this underserved region of California, where there not only exists a shortage of primary care physicians. I witnessed neighborhoods which lacked streetlamps, grocery stores carrying fresh produce, and even safe sidewalks for schoolchildren. These are just examples of attributes that can determine people’s health outcomes before they even step into a medical office or hospital. I became active in the Mapping Merced County Assets Project and community research through the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute to address such disparities and provide local policymakers with the information to build healthier communities. My perspectives shaped my aspirations to become a medical professional who advocates for the underserved. Working alongside the SCOPE community and physicians at SCVMC, I have the opportunities to develop skills toward serving a diverse community with cultural competency.