Matriculating Class of 2010

 

Maisha Davis

Maisha Davis is originally from the Los Angeles area and graduated from Stanford University in 2007, earning a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in “Health Advocacy and Education in Minority Communities.” She has consistently worked with underserved populations in many capacities such as HIV/AIDS education, counseling and testing, mentoring youth from groups underrepresented in medicine. While at California Black Women’s Health Project she focused broadly on issues of health education, advocacy and capacity-building for a predominantly Black, female constituency, while also increasing her understanding of the policy process and reproductive justice movement. Maisha considers the Bay area to be a home away from home and is ecstatic to be returning after briefly wandering the “desert” of LA with nothing but a soapbox in hand and social justice on her heart.

 

Gene De Haan

Gene De Haan grew up in a small farming community outside of Salem, Oregon and at age 14 was the only “out” queer in a high school of over 2,000 students. Studied English at Reed College in Portland and was very active in the Queer Alliance and the Feminist Student Union. Later she accepted an internship at the Trans/Identity Resource Center facilitating gender-based support groups, staffed a hormone-needle exchange, and worked with the ID Project assisting trans clients as they legally changed their names and sex designations. Gene developed five core programs: Arts and Culture, Youth, Seniors, Families, and Health and Wellness as Coordinator for Portland’s Q Center and received a B.S. in Biology from Portland State University. She plans to practice Family Medicine and conduct clinical research focusing on the specific needs of LGBTQ communities.

 

Maggie Dietrich

Maggie Dietrich was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Yale in 2005 with a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. After college she joined Teach For America and taught 7th grade math to students from New Orleans at a temporary school that she and other teachers founded in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, and that she later helped settle permanently in the French Quarter. Maggie returned to Baltimore to complete a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Goucher College. She deferred matriculation to spend a year at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the FDA, Maggie served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and worked on special projects for the Principal Deputy Commissioner.

 

Liezel Dimaano

Liezel Dimaano grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to the US in 2004. She earned her first BS in Statistics, from the University of the Philippines in 2001. After a career in Training and Development, she returned to school to pursue her childhood goal to be a physician and completed her second BS in Biology with a concentration in Physiology at San Francisco State University, graduating summa cum laude. Liezel’s experience with medically indigent populations is lengthy and personal - her family lived in low-income barrios of rural Batangas, Philippines and she organized rural medical missions with her friends at UP Batangan. These days, Liezel volunteers at the iconic Berkeley Free Clinic which serves a large group of uninsured in the Bay Area. Through PRIME-US, Liezel hopes to define her future role in caring for underserved urban communities.

 

Maria Garcia-Jimenez

Maria Garcia-Jimenez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and spent much of her early childhood in Ameca, Jalisco in her grandparent’s home and at the age of seven her family and she moved to Woodland, California to join her father who had been living and working there. She attended Brown University, supported by the Frank H. Buck Foundation scholarship, and declared a concentration in Neuroscience furthering her interest in medicine, anthropology, and health disparities. Freshman year she traveled to the Dominican Republic with a medical team to work with the sugarcane batey communities and later she started a student group focused on mentoring local high school students interested in health careers in an effort to address cultural competency issues in medicine and lack of ethnic diversity in the health care workforce. Maria participated in medical interpreting, emergency medical services, Brown Christian Fellowship, and research in an electrophysiology lab and courses in community health and anthropology sparked her interest in public health. She is grateful to have an opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a physician and passion for being a resource to the Latino and Hispanic communities, while being closer to home and having a chance to learn in such a diverse city.

 

Jesus Granados

Jesus Granados was born and raised in Southern California and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University in 2005. At Sonoma State, Jesus developed an interest in community-based research and went on to help design and implement a study of the health care disparities facing the Latino community in Santa Rosa, California. He then worked as an interim professor at the National Pedagogical University in Mexico City and returned to California to matriculate in the Pre-Health Professionals Program at San Francisco State University. While at San Francisco State, Jesus cultivated and expanded his skills in serving the underserved by volunteering at San Francisco General Hospital’s Emergency Department and Woman’s High Risk Clinic. His passion is to serve marginalized communities at home and abroad by providing high quality, effective, and culturally relevant health care.

 

Stephanie Ho

Stephanie Ho was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and volunteered at the Berkeley Free Clinic, providing HIV prevention counseling and testing services for free to the community. She interned at Glide Foundation, where she worked to address different aspects of health and well-being with a low-income and homeless population. Stephanie also explored the field of research and its role in prevention and treatment while working with Dr. Gertrude Buehring on a possible causative agent of breast cancer. In her year off, she worked as a healthcare consultant to demystify the insurance process for chronic patients and connect under- and uninsured patients to assistance. Stephanie is very excited about PRIME and the opportunity it provides of meeting and working with others who share a similar goal of increasing access to adequate care for underserved communities.

 

Daniel Irby

Daniel Irby grew up in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied poetry and English literature at Princeton in 2002 and subsequently taught high school English through Teach For America in Newark, New Jersey, where his interest in social justice developed into an interest in the conditions and resources supporting health. Life led him to the West Coast where he worked on several political campaigns, including a campaign for a State Senate candidate advocating for universal health care in California and he also served for many years as a volunteer with the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco at Laguna Honda Hospital. After attending Mills College, Daniel worked for an HIV provider and would like to learn, among other things, more about HIV care in the Bay Area through PRIME. He is a member of a capoeira (Brazilian martial art/dance) group in San Francisco and enjoys music, speaking Portuguese and Spanish, and, most recently, foraging for loquats.

 

Ruben Lachica

Ruben Lachica was born and raised in Burtonsville, Maryland in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Seeking a drastic cultural change in life attended UC Berkeley where he earned his BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasizing in immunology and infectious diseases while doing three years of laboratory research on Dengue virus. Ruben was also a part of several Filipino organizations at Berkeley where he participated in medical missions to rural locations in the Philippines working mostly in the health education component of the medical mission, educating patients on preventative measures and lifestyle changes to manage chronic diseases. This past year, he served as co-volunteer coordinator for the Mabuhay Health Center; a student run, all-volunteer clinic that aims to improve the health of the predominantly low-income immigrant populations in the SoMa district of San Francisco and will serve as the Executive Director of the organization next year.

 

Marvin Miranda

Marvin Miranda was born in Managua, Nicaragua and came to the Bay Area with his family at age 3. He grew up all over the Bay Area, attending 9 different K-12 schools and has tutored 1st grade through college level students in science, math, English, and Spanish since senior year in high school. Marvin graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Social Welfare in 2006 and completed a post- baccalaureate program at S.F. State University. He did research at Oakland’s Highland Hospital looking at how health insurance status correlated with mortality rates for patients with gunshot wounds in Alameda County over 10 years. Volunteering for Kerry’s Kids, a mobile health van for homeless shelters in Oakland and Berkeley providing health care to children ages 0-18, Marvin fell in love with medicine and hopes to use the tools he learns through PRIME-US to make lasting changes to health care access and how health care is administered in underserved urban areas, which are the areas where he grew up.

 

Martha Montgomery

Martha Montgomery was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Community Studies in 2001. She lived in Durban, South Africa for a year, working at a primary care clinic serving squatters and informal settlement residents and then worked with the Santa Cruz Needle Exchange through their home deliveries program, and later with the San Francisco Needle Exchange, a youth-focused program based in the Haight. Martha has worked at a variety of harm reduction and public health programs in the Bay Area as a street outreach worker, test counselor, case manager, researcher and program coordinator and most recently, the project manager and field site coordinator for the UFO Study, an epidemiologic hepatitis prevention study of young injection drug users, through the Department of Medicine at UCSF. She serves on the board of the Homeless Youth Alliance, a non-profit harm reduction organization serving homeless youth in San Francisco. She completed her medical school prerequisites at CCSF and at Mills College, and she is excited to be part of both PRIME and the JMP.

 

Frank Anthony Myers Jr.

Frank Anthony Myers Jr. was born in Boston, MA and graduated from Fisk University in 2007. While completing a post baccalaureate program at Umass-Boston, Frank volunteered with public health and prevention organizations where he provided free health screenings and health education to disadvantaged neighborhoods. Frank has also devoted much time to inner city youth, working as a science teacher, tutor, mentor, and also as an activity leader for young children at a local homeless shelter. He plans on spending his medical career working with others to improve the health outcomes of inner city communities and is excited that the PRIME family will help him in this pursuit. Frank loves to cut hair and music and while at Fisk, he hosted his own radio show for 4 years, playing music ranging from Reggae to Bossa Nova.

 

Ariel Sklar

Ariel Sklar was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology and an M.A. in Anthropology. During college Ariel coordinated Habla La Noche, an ESL program for Stanford’s nighttime janitorial staff, and then took a year off to live and work in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which led her to pursue graduate training in medical anthropology. She returned to Bolivia for her fieldwork, speaking to female patients and healthcare providers about their experiences with and treatment strategies for wayra, a non-biomedically recognized illness. Ariel has worked as a patient care coordinator at a fertility clinic, teaching assistant for biology at Mills College, and health educator and pregnancy counselor at the Women’s Community Clinic. Ariel feels incredibly fortunate to be part of PRIME-US and looks forward to learning from her peers and mentors how to integrate community-based advocacy, research, and patient care.

 

Sarah White

Sarah White originated in Pasadena, CA and lived all over Los Angeles before attending Emory University in Atlanta, graduating in 2010 with a Neuroscience major and Global Health minor. While there she conducted research on the psychobiological effects of stress on macaques, participated in activism around the vital public health issues of childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, and inequitable access to healthcare. Additionally Sarah contributed to the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, dedicated to teaching monastics science at the request of the Dalai Lama. After contributing to the textbook used in the program, she travelled to India where she was able to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, culture, and medicine as well as do research on how health beliefs affect the efficacy of care. Sarah hopes to use her experiences and medical education to improve the health of underserved communities wherever they are.

 

Tamiko Younge

Tamiko Younge, who also goes by Tami, grew up in White Plains, NY just north of New York City and in high school she conducted a research project on the role of physicians in the racial disparity of preterm birth. She graduated from Yale in 2008 with a degree in Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies while teaching in New Haven, leading race dialogues for Yale students and members of the New Haven community, and enjoying Ultimate Frisbee. For the past two years she worked as a research assistant and health educator with Improving Pediatric Asthma in the District of Columbia (IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic) at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC; which provides tailored family consultations on asthma management for families with frequent emergency room visits for asthma. Tami’s research interests include racial disparities in maternal and infant health and child development and the role of social stressors such as racism on health outcomes. Through PRIME she hopes to learn new methods for understanding and addressing health disparities experienced by families in the inner-city.

 

 

 

 

 

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