Matriculating Class of 2006

Jaime Antuna

Jaime Antuna grew up in the small farming community of Mendota, California. He attended California State University, Fresno where he double majored in Health Science and Chemistry. Jaime's desire to become a physician stems from his experience working in the hospital setting. Antuna's interest in the PRIME program comes from growing up in a predominantly Latino community. He saw the reduced access to medical care due to a lack of physicians who could communicate with and understand their patients. With the help of PRIME-US, Jaime plans to return to Central California to tackle the many health disparities that he saw growing up. Jaime looks forward to meeting everyone up at UCSF in the Fall.

Ben Camacho

Ben Camacho was born and raised in Alkali Flat in downtown Sacramento. In May 2006, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco, graduating with honors. Ben majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Mel Hayes

 

Mel Hayes grew up primarily in Long Beach, California and received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

Mary Montgomery

Mary Montgomery was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Brown University in 2002. After graduation she worked at two environmental health organizations, the National Safety Council and Healthy Homes Resources, Inc., on childhood lead poisoning and asthma prevention and research in two low-income urban neighborhoods. Mary was then granted a Luce fellowship to develop and conduct two studies on childhood lead poisoning in the impoverished townships of Johannesburg, South Africa. Afterwards she worked in Pittsburgh and Boston on public health issues related to environmental justice and HIV/AIDS, while completing a post bac program at the Harvard Extension School. After completing this program Montgomery worked in Haiti for Partners In Health.

She coordinated the implementation of an electronic medical record system for HIV-positive patients at seven rural hospitals. While at UCSF and as a part of PRIME, she has become very interested in the health concerns of homeless individuals. Mary is currently the coordinator for the student run homeless clinic at Tenderloin Health. And she continues to be involved in environmental justice. This past summer she returned to Johannesburg to follow up on the lead poisoning research projects that I completed in 2003. She helped to draft the legislation that will formally ban lead in paint in South Africa and worked on environmental health education materials for the WHO-Africa. Mary hopes to link mher experiences in South Africa to the environmental health concerns that face the residents of Bayview and Hunter’s Point. She is also actively involved in the Local Meets Global Initiative at UCSF which is trying to bridge the divide between the efforts to address local and global health disparities.

Meg Renik

Meg Renik grew up in Berkeley, California and graduated from Harvard College in 2002 with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. She went back to school at Mills College in the fall of 2003, where she spent two years completing pre-med requirements. Between college and medical school Meg had many experiences that helped guide her towards working with urban, underserved communities: serving as an investigator on legal defense teams representing people facing the death penalty, interning at an inner-city family practice clinic, doing clinical research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, helping to launch a non-profit providing mental health care services to Rwandese genocide survivors, and volunteering for various political campaigns. Each of these experiences taught her about the tremendous impact of community violence upon health and well-being. Since beginning UCSF and the PRIME-US curriculum, Renik's commitment to treating people whose lives have been shaped by violence and cultures of violence has continued to grow. Her PRIME community project involves investigating and working to address the mental health needs of San Francisco youth in detention, specifically their exposure to trauma and the range of symptoms such exposure can cause.

Bianca Watson

Bianca Watson grew up in South Sacramento and graduated from UC San Diego.

Jennifer Cameron King

Jennifer Cameron grew up initially in Minnesota, and then in the suburbs of Washington, DC. At Reed College in Portland, OR, she completed a double major in English and Biology. After graduating from Reed in 2002, she began volunteering at Outside In, a social service agency for homeless youth, including a medical clinic. In 2003, Jen started working for the clinic at Outside In full time, where she wore many hats, including medical assistant, Medicaid outreach worker, Tattoo Removal Program coordinator and pregnancy options counselor. She also assisted the syringe exchange and mental health programs. Cameron had always known that she wanted to work with the homeless population, especially with those who were mentally ill. Yet, it was her work at Outside In that allowed her to see practically how to do this work and meet physicians who were providing health care to those who are so often marginalized. She is thrilled to be part of PRIME-US, where her goals are so strongly supported. Jen is currently pursuing research on the impact of supportive housing for the chronically homeless and mentally ill in San Francisco. In addition, she volunteers with a student-run homeless clinic, and is working on a community service project to increase access to mental health services for the uninsured in Berkeley and Oakland. She plans to continue working to provide more effective and community-based health care for the underserved in every setting, from the prisons to the streets.

Ann Griego

Ann Griego grew up in Piedmont, California. As for formal education: She graduated from Yale in 2001 with a BA in Anthropology and completed a postbac program at Mills College in 2004-2005. She has a strong interest in international and community development and have worked on projects in several countries in Latin America. As a doctor, Ann hopes to couple her academic training in cultural anthropology with her work experiences with diverse communities to provide culturally competent care to underserved communities.

Griego's experiences with the urban underserved include helping design and implement a social justice curriculum for New Haven middle schools while in college; three years working for a non-profit in Portland, Oregon advocating for the public schools - particularly schools serving low-income and second language learner students; and two years as a patient advocate and abortion counselor in downtown Oakland. Ann is interested in medicine as a means of effecting social change, and am interested in models of care that empower the patient and build community. In this vein, her JMP thesis and PRIME project is focused on Centering Parenting – a group-based model of care for babies and mothers in the year following birth. In preparation for working with mothers and babies, she spent last summer in Chiapas, Mexico shadowing midwives and conducting qualitative research on breastfeeding, and back at school she is the coordinator of the student-run clinic at the local women's shelter.

Monica Hahn

Monica Hahn grew up in Moraga, California and attended UC Berkeley for college where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology and minored in Ethnic Studies. Her interest in health inequities was strongly influenced by her involvement in public health and community organizing for social justice. In college, Monica traveled to South Africa for a health leadership forum where she studied the South African public health response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and volunteered in nursery orphanages for children affected by the epidemic. She also spent a summer in Guatemala volunteering as a medical assistant and health educator in a rural community health clinic. These experiences strongly contributed to her understanding of the detrimental health effects of social inequality.

Hahn received an MPH from UC Berkeley in Maternal and Child Health in 2006. During grad school, she spent several months in the Dominican Republic developing a community capacity building teen pregnancy and HIV prevention program for rural youth. For her MPH thesis, she explored her interest in health inequities and reproductive justice by conducting a study on the cultural appropriateness of HIV interventions for young Asian American women.

Throughout undergrad and grad school, Monica further pursued her interest in advocating for the health of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and for five years she interned and worked as a health educator and counselor at Asian Health Services Youth Program in Oakland where she had an amazing time teaching comprehensive sex education in Oakland schools and youth probation centers, counseling patients about reproductive health issues, and facilitating a Peer Leadership program and a youth Photovoice project focused on health and social justice issues. These valuable experiences led her to the realization that medicine and public health can be used as tools for community empowerment. She is very happy to be continuing her relationship with Asian Health Services currently as a PRIME participant, and she is excited to be conducting her Schweitzer Fellowship community service project as well as her JMP Masters thesis project at the AHS Youth Program.

Monica is looking forward to continuing to work to improve health access for underserved communities through PRIME, and to learn and grow with everyone in PRIME.

Dharushana Muthulingam

Dharushana Muthulingam grew up in Lancaster, California on the periphery of Los Angeles, amid tumbleweeds and vast parking lots. She traveled north to study philosophy and neuroscience at UC Berkeley. She was also educated by her work as a community health worker Berkeley Free Clinic, as a teaching intern in an Oakland middle school, and by engaging in cooperative housing organizations. Dharushana is now in her second year at the JMP, and is developing a thesis analyzing the principles of distributive justice underpinning health as a human right. By studying this intersection of ethics, policy, economics and health, she hopes to better flesh out our roles as advocates and researchers in addressing disparities and injustice within such a complicated system. Muthulingam is also broadly interested in medical education: its international access, building scientific capacity and the role of the medical humanities. She currently clinically precepts at the Richmond Health Center. In the future she would like to continue to work at the intersection of health care and justice, both globally and domestically. When not fantasizing about policy revolutions and gaba receptors, she likes to play capoeira, write letters to the editor, and drink obscene amounts of very good coffee.

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