Class of 2016
I joined SJV PRIME because of my service in Merced. As an AmeriCorps member, I met residents from various creeds and background. I had the opportunity to organize with residents and policy makers to improve youth development, and access to healthy foods. The mobilization and activism of the community showed me the promise of working in the valley. PRIME gives me the opportunity to become the physician that gives back to the underserved community that provided my family with opportunity
|Katy Lynn Ruch
Growing up in the south Fresno area, as a previous foster care youth, I was immersed in a population of medically under-served, low-income families. Many of these families suffered hardships similar to my own, which left them unable to obtain sufficient medical care due to physician shortages, insurance complications or the family’s inability to pay. I know that there are many communities in the San Joaquin Valley which continue to undergo these adversities. Helping to alleviate some of this disparity is one of the many reasons I chose to participate in the SJV PRIME program.