Hear from our outstanding Health Equity Challenge finalists!
Students reflect on their experiences with the Health Equity Challenge and the exciting projects they are working on.
On May 6, 2023, I had the honor of attending and speaking at the inaugural Anti-Recidivism Eid Celebration for Returning Citizens organized by ISLAH LA, an urban community center in South Los Angeles (LA) founded by Black Muslims. Traditionally, Muslims worldwide come together to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan,
Being voiceless in a world that refuses to listen is a challenge many face. The pain of being ignored, unheard, and treated as an outsider in a community that lacks trust is all too familiar for individuals from minority groups, ethnicities, or lower socioeconomic backgrounds in America. This is a story
Everyone enters medicine with the desire to help people. From treating chronic conditions to fixing acute injuries, medicine finds patients in their most vulnerable states. I’ve envisioned a career in community medicine for as long as I can remember, eager to help patients where they are. Even more, preventative care has been
My name is Virginia and I recently graduated with my Master in Public Health in Community Health Sciences! Two of my core classes in Community Health Sciences, CHS 211A and 211B are designed to teach CHS students how to develop, write, and evaluate health programs. In our last year, we must
My mother has now been a farmworker for over 18 years in the Central Valley of California. Her jobs have ranged from seamstress in Downtown Los Angeles, to farmworker in Bakersfield. Helping my mother navigate the downstream consequences of her occupational exposures were the first lived experiences I had interacting with
Los Angeles County is a sprawl that covers 4,084 square miles and is bound by salt water, desert, mountains, and asphalt. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), 69,144 of roughly 9 million Los Angelenos were experiencing homelessness in 2022. Providing care to these folks has not only been
Katie Fruin: The Homeboy Hydroponic Pilot Farm: Sowing Seeds to Increase Access to Nutritious Produce and Employment for our Formerly Gang-Involved and Previously Incarcerated Community
“Only by restoring the broken connections can we be healed. Connection is health. And what our society does its best to disguise from us is how ordinary, how commonly attainable, health is. We lose our health — and create profitable diseases and dependencies — by failing to see the direct connections
Patrick Liu: Communities as the Directors of their Own Story—Towards Community-Owned Design of Healing Systems
One of the most meaningful pieces of advice I received as a medical student was that “your best teacher is your patient and community.” Yes, while learning about anatomy and diseases and treatments was important to the mechanics of being a doctor — nothing was more important to the art of
Growing up in Los Angeles, I remember dreading the scorching hot days of summer when even the slightest movement could leave you feeling completely drained. But what I didn't realize until later is that heat waves are not just an uncomfortable nuisance, they can actually be deadly. In fact, Southern California is
Purnima Mudnal-Bharath: Grow Together: Implementing an Education-Based Social Supports Intervention to Reduce Overweight/Obesity Among Children with Autism
More than 40% of fifth graders in Riverside County, California, were considered overweight/obese in 2019 (kidsdata.org) and this has likely worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research has shown children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special health care needs are at a higher risk for unhealthy weight. Early identification of excessive