RESEARCH TEAM

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The Global ARC

Paul serves as the President/CEO of the Global Action Research Center located in San Diego, California. Paul has over 40-years’ experience in community organizing, non-profit management, and education & training. Paul has taught in four universities and colleges and currently is a consultant to numerous community-based organizations and coalitions. For further information regarding Paul and The Global Action Research Center please review the Global ARC’s Website by clicking here.

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Global ARC

CB Org

Paul Watson

Bill received his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, where he studied Community Psychology. His work is focused on supporting communities in finding their voice, becoming civically engaged, and inserting that voice into the public dialogue. With over thirty years of experience his work has ranged from direct organizing to providing training and technical assistance to community leaders to conducting participatory research in support of community campaigns. To learn more about The Global Arc, click here.

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Global ARC

CB Org Lead

Bill Oswald

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Global ARC

Tech Lead

Raphael Lagoc

Marina has been with the Global ARC since 2015, starting as a volunteer at Ocean View Growing Grounds. Later, she started working as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the OVGG, promoting health and connecting community members to the Global Food Justice Movement through the urban garden and giving them the opportunity to connect with professors, researchers, students, community knowledge, and residents. Marina has also helped with teaching UCSD students interested in community organizing, taking them to do field work canvasing the community, creating surveys, and more. Additionally, Marina works as an advocate for residents, students, and parents, informing them about the opportunities that the San Diego Unified School District has for our children in school and giving advice to parents on advocating for their children's education. As the only member of the Global ARC who is fluent in both English and Spanish, Marina helps with translation on projects with San Diego’s Hispanic populations making alliance with different community organization as PSRO and Education Coalition. For 16 years, Marina has been a member of a non-profit organization, Latinos y Latinas EnAccion, and currently serves on their board of directors, promoting the immigrant vote, filling out immigration forms, providing citizenship classes, and more.Right now, she is working on the Board of Assessors of STOP – COVID19 and CO-CREATE, giving support to the Spanish speaker’s members to advocate for the Latino community.

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Global ARC

Translation Facilitator

Marina Castelo

 

San Ysidro Health

Jeannette L. Aldous, MD is the Clinical Director of Infectious Disease at San Ysidro Health, a large Federally Qualified Health Center serving the US-Mexico border region in San Diego County.  She received her medical degree from UCSD, completed residency in Internal Medicine at University of Colorado and returned to UCSD for a Fellowship Infectious Disease.  Dr. Aldous has a career focus on health disparities in historically underserved communities and serves as the director for San Ysidro Health’s HIV, Tuberculosis, Infectious Disease, and Gender-affirming Medicine programs. Since March, Dr. Aldous has been directing San Ysidro Health’s COVID-19 response; providing education and engagement on COVID-19 prevention, testing, treatment, and community impact.

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SYH

Partner Co-Investigator

Jeannette Aldous

Fatima is the Director of the Department of Research and Health Promotion at San Ysidro Health (SYH) a high performing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides safety net care to over 97,000 patients annually in the South Bay region of San Diego. She is a Mexican physician native of the San Diego/Tijuana border region, have a Medical Degree and a Masters in Public Health with over 15 years of clinical experience focused on research and health prevention programs specifically among underserved populations. Herresearch over the last years has focused on infectious disease epidemiology, border health research, and elimination of health disparities, with an emphasis on chronic diseases, HIV care and prevention, tuberculosis (TB), specifically vulnerable groups (i.e., racial/ethnic minorities, such as Hispanic/Latino population), both domestically and internationally. She has also initiated research activities examining health services utilization and the potential of mHealth technology integration into existing health services in order to improve treatment adherence and reduce the burden of high priority diseases, such as diabetes, TB and HIV. In 2016, SYH was awarded a NIH pilot grant the ‘All of Us Research Program’ and Fatima is the PI at SYH. Most recently, by the recommendation of the California State Senate she was selected to be a Member of the new Advisory Council for the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). She is committed to expanding the mission of SYH to further address health disparities and access to care issues among our most underserved communities.

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SYH

Partner Co-Investigator

Fatima Munoz

As a board-certified OB/GYN and the Department Chair at San Ysidro Health Center, I have focused my career on developing programs to improve resources for women and children to ultimately improve clinical, quality of life and health outcomes during pregnancy.  At San Ysidro Health Center, we have offices at multiple locations in San Diego county.  I am involved in the teaching and mentorship of residents, medical students while also participating in clinical conferences and educational activities for our staff. As the Medical Director for Scripps Mercy Chula Vista OB/GYN Department, I have been fortunate to deliver many babies while offering dedication and continued commitment to reduction of perinatal complications such as perinatal infections, premature birth, and preeclampsia.

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SYH

Partner Co-Investigator + CSAB Member

My Dinh

Linda received her Master in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from San Diego State University (SDSU) and received her “Certified in Public Health” credential in 2015. Linda has over 10 years of experience working with underserved populations focusing on STI/HIV prevention, nutrition and chronic disease prevention. Soon after earning her degree, Linda began to work for San Ysidro Health overseeing a new 5-year CDC-funded grant in HIV prevention in the South San Diego Region. Since then, Linda has managed multiple grant-funded research programs including the NIH funded All of Us Research Program formerly known as the Precision Medicine Initiative. Her expertise specifically encompasses qualitative research methods, program and protocol development, program implementation, evaluation and data management and analysis in the context of FQHCs.

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SYH

Partner Co-Investigator

Linda Salgin

Since finishing the UCSD Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program in 2012, I have worked providing full time primary care to adults and children near the border of Mexico in southern San Diego.
First, with the Imperial Beach Community Clinic and currently with San Ysidro Health, I've worked for federally qualified health centers, while continuing to perform inpatient hospital care at Scripps Mercy Chula Vista,
where we largely take care of the patients admitted to the hospital from the south bay FQHCs. My teaching efforts include the hospital work at Scripps where I attend for the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program
inpatient medicine team and as a UCSD Voluntary Clinical Instructor for the Med-Peds Residency Program.

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SYH

Partner Co-Investigator + CSAB Member

Benedict Dillon

Norma Porras is a Program Coordinator for the Research and Health Promotion (RHP) Department at San Ysidro Health. She has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies/Bilingual Paralegal Studies from Southwestern Collage. Norma has over 9 years of experience working in healthcare services, specifically facilitating access to care among underserved population. She began her journey in research as a Research Assistant at UCSD for the Salud research study based on a curriculum developed by Stanford University in 2013. In 2018, Norma joined San Ysidro Health working on the 211 for Healthy Kids project and was subsequently invited to join the All of Us Research Program. In 2019, she began working on the HRSA Health Center Patient Survey and has engaged with over 1,000 SYHealth patients from different clinic sites. Most recently, in July 16th, Norma was promoted as a Program Coordinator for the COVID19 Testing grant, Co-Create. In her free time, Norma’s volunteers as an animal rescuer in Tijuana Mexico.

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SYH

Program Coordinator

Norma Porras

Luis Gay is a Research Assistant at San Ysidro Health. Born and raised in San Diego, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of San Francisco. His passion is to advocate for marginalized and vulnerable communities. Some of his favorite pass times include cycling, picnics, and playing Pokémon.

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SYH

Research Assistant

Luis Gay

 

UC San Diego Investigators

Work in our laboratory is directed toward understanding he impact of 1) environmental toxicants on the development and progression of liver fibrosis and 2) the role of naturally occurring antioxidants such as serum bilirubin in the regulation of gene expression. Through the Superfund Research Center (SRC), which I currently Direct, our biomedical programs focus on the underlying mechanisms associated with Toxicant Associated Steatohepatitis (TASH), while the Environmental and Engineering group focuses on the development of unique biologically orientated bioremediation tools. This expertise is leveraged in our Outreach and Community Engagement programs in South San Diego where efforts have been developed through community gardens and education to improve healthy living and reduce existing health disparities. The organizational structure of our SRC helped to quickly structure the working groups that resulted in the formulation of the UC San Diego RADX-UP program.

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UCSD

Co-Principal Investigator

Robert Tukey

Louise Laurent, MD/PhD is a Professor and the Vice-Chair for Translational Research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, and Co-Director for the UCSD Center for Perinatal Discovery. She received her medical and doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Her basic science research centers on using stem cell and genomic approaches to understand early embryo development and normal and complicated pregnancy, and her translational research focuses on discovery of biomarkers for prediction and diagnosis of pregnancy complications.Dr. Laurent and Dr. Tukey are the multi-PIs for the CO-CREATE project, and Dr. Laurent is the Technical Supervisor and Clinical Consultant for the UC San Diego EXCITE COVID-19 Testing Lab. For more information about Dr. Laurent click here. For more information about the UCSD Center for Perinatal Discovery click here. 

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UCSD

Co-Principal Investigator

Louise Laurent

Dr. Nicole Stadnick, PhD., MPH., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, Director of Dissemination and Evaluation of the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center, researcher at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center and a licensed psychologist. Her program of federally, state and privately funded research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practices intended for individuals seeking community-based health or mental health services. She has received NIH-funded fellowships from the Child, Intervention, Prevention, and Services Research Mentoring Network (2015-2016, the Implementation Research Institute (2017-2018) and the Mixed Methods Training Program for the Health Sciences (2019-2020). She currently leads several implementation projects focused on community-engaged, cross-system health services and implementation research for individuals, with complex health clinical presentations served in a variety of community settings including federally qualified health centers, low-and-middle income countries, publicly-funded mental health services and HIV/AIDS care programs. For more information about Dr. Stadnick click here.

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Nicole Stadnick

Dr. Borsika Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD is an Assistant Professor  at the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, the Co-Director of the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) and the San Diego CFAR Implementation Science Hub, and an Implementation Science (IS) expert on a number of large NIH and VA Center grants and research projects including the VA San Diego Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health and the Quadruple Aim QUERI Program (Denver VA). Dr. Rabin’s research focuses on improving population health outcomes in real-world clinical and public health settings through increasing the equitable reach, adoption, implementation, and sustained use of evidence-based interventions. She does this through the development of models, methods, and measures for dissemination and implementation science and their application across diverse topic areas, populations, and settings in order to demonstrate their wide utility and broad generalizability. Dr. Rabin also has extensive expertise in developing and implementing novel and diverse capacity building approaches for dissemination and implementation research. Click here to learn more.

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Borsika Rabin

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Marva Seifert, PhD MPH is an assistant professor at University of California San Diego in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Seifert’s research has focused primarily on the development and evaluation of rapid diagnostics for pulmonary infectious diseases, specifically tuberculosis and associated drug-resistant variants. She is particularly interested in leveraging novel technologies to develop innovative point-of-care solutions for traditionally difficult to detect pathogens. Most recently her work has focused on the uptake of SARS-CoV-2 testing in underserved communities. Click here to visit her UCSD page.

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Marva Seifert

Ilya Zaslavsky is director of Spatial Information Systems Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego. His research focuses on distributed information management systems, spatial and temporal data integration, spatial data science, and online visual data analysis. Zaslavsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington (1995), and earlier a Ph.D. equivalent from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1990). He has been leading design and technical development in several large cyberinfrastructure projects supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies.

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Ilya Zaslavsky

Rob Knight is the founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology. He was honored with the 2019 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for his microbiome research and received the 2017 Massry Prize, often considered a predictor of the Nobel. He is the author of “Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes” (Simon & Schuster, 2015), coauthor of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), and written over 700 scientific articles. He spoke at TED in 2014 which is viewed over 2 million times. His lab has produced many of the software tools and laboratory techniques that enabled high-throughput microbiome science, including the QIIME pipeline (cited over 23,000 times as of this writing) and UniFrac (cited over 9500 times including its web interface). He is co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project, the American Gut Project, and the company Biota, Inc., which uses DNA from microbes in the subsurface to guide oilfield decisions. His work has linked microbes to a range of health conditions including obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, has enhanced our understanding of microbes in environments ranging from the oceans to the tundra, and made high-throughput sequencing techniques accessible to thousands of researchers around the world. Dr. Knight can be followed on Twitter or on his web site

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Rob Knight

Gene Yeo, PhD MBA is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), a founding member of the Institute for Genomic Medicine and member of the UCSD Stem Cell Program and Moores Cancer Center.  Yeo is a Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator and has received numerous awards for his research in RNA biology, computational biology and therapeutics in the area of neuromuscular diseases, including the inaugural Early Career Award (2017) and Elisa Izaurralde Award (2021) from the international RNA Society. Yeo is a co-founder of Locanabio, Eclipse Bioinnovations, Enzerna and Proteona and is on multiple scientific advisory boards in life sciences companies and venture funds.  Yeo has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the UCSD Rady School of Management. Click here to see his lab website.

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Gene Yeo

Keith Pezzoli is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego where he serves as Director of the Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design. Pezzoli also leads the Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core of UC San Diego’s Superfund Research Center supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Click here for more information.

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UCSD

Co-Investigator

Keith Pezzoli

 

UC San Diego Research Staff

Shashank received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Bioinformatics from the Dr. D.Y. Patil University in Mumbai, India in 2010. He moved to USA to pursue graduate studies in Bioinformatics at the San Diego State University in 2011 and achieved his Master’s degree in 2015.Shashank started his Bioinformatics career in 2013 as an Intern at the Allen Lab in J.Craig Venter Institute, where he performed transcriptomic analyses on marine species such as diatoms. In 2014, Shashank joined Dr. Yeo’s group as a Bioinformatics staff member, focused on analyzing RNA processing data using computational methods. Currently, Shashank works on studying RNA subcellular localization and RNA-RBP interactions under stress, developmental and diseased conditions.

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UCSD

Programmer/Developer

Shashank Sathe

Kelli Cain is a Senior Research Manager in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego. She has a master’s degree in health psychology from San Diego State University and a research background in public health, built environment and physical activity. She has been managing research studies for 20 years including numerous NIH grants focused on health outcomes in all age groups. She also manages the IPEN international coordinating center for built environment and physical activity research that includes partners from over 15 countries. Click here for more information.

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UCSD

Senior Research Manager

Kelli Cain

Lawrence is a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSD Health. He received a Master of Public Health with emphasis in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, at San Diego State University. With his experience in academic research and his community-driven perspective, he is dedicated to using real-world data application to address the needs of the community. Lawrence’s research emphasis includes the impact of social determinants of health on vulnerable populations, equitable preparation and development programs that benefit communities of color, and advancing virtual health technology access to those in need. Lawrence’s hobbies include roller skating, cooking, and walking his dogs

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UCSD

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lawrence Ayers

Maria Linda Burola is a bilingual Clinical Research Coordinator for the CO-CREATE Project with UC San Diego Health. She graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with a degree in Spanish and Chicano/a Studies, then received her MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Maria Linda’s research focus is in childhood obesity interventions and has extensive experience working with women’s health, diabetes in pregnancy, and group pregnancy care within FQHC and non-profit organizations.

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UCSD

Clinical Research Coordinator

Maria Linda Burola

Breanna Reyes is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the CO-CREATE project with UCSD Health. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2018, then received her MPH in Health Promotion and Health Education from Cal State San Marcos. She has experience working with diverse communities in the San Diego region in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, mental health and migrant health. Her passions include addressing health inequities and hopes to one day become a Physician Assistant.

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UCSD

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Breanna Reyes

Stephenie Tinoco Calvillo is a Clinical Research Coordinator Assistant for the CO-CREATE Project with UC San Diego Health. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She has been involved in clinical research since 2018 and previously worked in a pediatric
gastroenterology lab. She is passionate about advocating for equitable healthcare for women and children, and bridging research and health care in communities of color.

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UCSD

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephenie Tinoco Calvillo

Nelson Guanipa is a bilingual Clinical Research Coordinator Assistant for the CO-CREATE project with UC San Diego Health. He received his Associates Degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Nutrition from Mira Costa College. He is a Certified Phlebotomy Technician II with more than a dozen years of experience working in the emergency department. Nelson has over five years of research experience working in Cardiology, Dermatology, Oncology and Gynecology. Nelson continues his education and is committed to continuing his education and pursuit of more inclusion of the Latin community in medical research.

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UCSD

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Nelson Guanipa

 
 

Interns

Jillian Abasta is a second-year Clinical Psychology major and Global Health minor at UC San Diego. She is interested in a career in mental health research, specifically investigating effective treatments and preventative measures for mental health disorders. As a research intern for CO-CREATE, Jillian collaborates with the team to understand strategies to increase COVID testing uptake in underserved communities. 

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UCSD

Intern

Jillian Abasta

Melanie is a third year Psychology and Global Health double major at UC San Diego. She currently serves as an intern for Co-Create and is a part of the on-site team. She is passionate about improving access to health services in underserved populations and improving mental health disorders among adolescents and persons with chronic illnesses. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology and public health.

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UCSD

Intern

Melanie Aguilar

Non-traditional college student majoring in Urban Studies & Planning at the University of California San Diego. Participating in this project as a Student Intern Researcher. Originally from the Bay Area and grew up in a small working class town between Sacramento and San Francisco. Currently researching and understanding the intersection of equity and class in urban settlements. Aspiring to work with community leaders to amplify the voices of underserved populations. Click here to learn more.

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UCSD

Intern

Alexander Alegre

Aparicio is a current intern in the UCSD CO-CREATE RADx-UP project. Leslie is a current senior at the University of California San Diego and is majoring in Urban Studies and Planning.

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UCSD

Intern

Leslie Aparicio

Ariel is a third year undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in Global Health. As a research intern for CO-CREATE, he is eager to learn and work towards minimizing health disparities among underserved populations, especially during these times of crisis. He aspires to become a compassionate, conscientious, and devoted physician. Click here  to learn more

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UCSD

Intern

Ariel Cohen

Arleth is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Global Health. As an aspiring physician, her goal is to make an impact through both direct patient care and by minimizing health disparities through public health policy. 

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UCSD

Intern

Arleth Escoto

Clara is an intern working on website design for the CO-CREATE project. She graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal 2021. 

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UCSD

Intern

Clara Laurent

Elodie is an intern working on graphic design for the CO-CREATE project. She is a junior at La Jolla High School.

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UCSD

Intern

Elodie Laurent

Eli is a recent graduate from UC San Diego with an interest in public health and medicine. As he plans to apply to MD/PhD programs, he spends his time working in a high-altitude genomics lab and COVID testing center. With a passion for teaching, he is also a SAT tutor and has started his own free tutoring program in response to COVID-19.  

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UCSD

Intern

Elijah Lawrence

Nicholas Lee is a Fourth Year Human Biology major, Psychology minor undergraduate at UC San Diego. He is interested in developmental pediatrics, particularly working with the youth of underserved communities to improve their accessibility to quality healthcare resources and education. He serves as a research intern for UCSD CO-CREATE. Currently he collaborates with a team doing research on the barriers that prevent underserved communities from COVID testing and clinical trials, as well as exploring the strategies for increasing involvement, accessibility, and engagement in these demographics.

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UCSD

Intern

Nick Lee

Angel is a fourth year student at UCSD studying Public Health - Epidemiology with a minor in Global Health. He is part of the on-site team with the goal of helping his community while gaining valuable experience in the field. 

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UCSD

Intern

Angel Lomeli

Jessica is a third year undergraduate at UC San Diego with a Human Health Psychology Major and Global Health Minor. She is currently a documentation intern at Co-Create. Jessica is passionate about learning and participating in research in the fields of global mental health, developmental psychology, and dissemination and implementation science. She hopes to continue to pursue a career in psychiatric epidemiology and implementation science.

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UCSD

Intern

Jessica Ni

I graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Human Biology. I currently work as a medical assistant in a reproductive
health clinic.

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UCSD

Intern

Angela Pham

My name is Allyn Reyes, and I am a 3rd year senior majoring in Urban Studies & Planning and minoring in Political Science. My role is an Innovation Documenter, I take the minutes during the meetings. I am extremely interested in analyzing and finding ways of eliminating the health disparities within San Ysidro. In the future, I would like to be involved in the government, using a variety of planning techniques to remedy social issues. Click here to learn more.

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UCSD

Intern

Allyn Reyes

I am a fourth-year student at the University of California, San Diego completing a bachelors degree in Urban Studies and Planning and a minor in Art History & Criticism (C/O 2021). I am currently a part of the UCSD CO-CREATE research team as a student observer. I am interested in working with under-deserved communities to decrease disparities and this research allows me to do that. After graduation, I would like to continue my path in city and regional planning/public policy to create positive progression and change in these areas. Click here to learn more.

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UCSD

Intern

Gireesha Sabaratnam

My name is Crystal Yi and I am an undergraduate senior at UC San Diego with a major in Urban Studies and Planning and a minor in Business. As an aspiring city planner with a strong focus on environmental and equity values, my goal is to enhance and support all communities with quality health, environmental, and economic opportunities they deserve.  My education from UC San Diego and internship experiences from the City of San Diego, the Global ARC, and the Student Sustainability Collective on campus, has shaped my dedication to urban design and planning tremendously. I am truly honored to be a part of this team and how their research will impact certain communities locally and globally. Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Click here to learn more.

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UCSD

Intern

Crystal Yi

Kasey is a third-year Biochemistry/Chemistry major at UCSD, and she is one of the documentation interns for CO-CREATE. Outside of class, Kasey enjoys learning about the world through research and team projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kasey wanted to learn more about the efficacy of medical interventions and health policy in underserved populations. She hopes to work in environmental health research and policy.

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UCSD

Intern

Kasey Yu