Class of 2017
The program focus is geared to further develop leadership ability while focusing on a vast demographic that comprises California’s backbone, the Central Valley. Furthermore, completing a joint M.D./Master's degree in either public health or public policy will be essential in preparing to effectively address inevitable public health matters with appropriate policy
Creating and leading a scribe program in the culturally diverse San Joaquin Valley exposed me to the harsh realities of healthcare; I have directly witnessed the devastating impact limited access to primary and preventative care has on the Valley’s underserved populations. The San Joaquin Valley suffers from a severe shortage of primary care doctors and specialists. The 16% unemployment rate, double the national average, is a large contributor to the community's consistently high number of uninsured individuals. Working on the frontlines has made me want to create a shift in how care is provided with continuity in the San Joaquin Valley, which made it easy to choose the San Joaquin Valley PRIME Program. I believe my participation in the program will allow me to better enhance my knowledge and understanding of the specific issues affecting the San Joaquin Valley, and therefore allow me to work more effectively with the patients and communities I wish to serve.
Coming back to the San Joaquin Valley after living in New York for four years really felt like being back home. I want to be part of the team of doctors that is truly committed to improving quality and access to health care in the San Joaquin Valley.
|Luisa Fernanda Valenzuela-Riveros
I chose the San Joaquin Valley PRIME program because it will allow me to gain firsthand experience working with communities of the Central Valley and to learn the best ways to serve them. I saw SJV PRIME as an opportunity to participate in community engagement programs. In addition, I want to receive extra training that would provide me with the knowledge and background necessary to develop similar initiatives to improve the health of the San Joaquin Valley.
When I first heard about SJV PRIME, I knew it was the program for me. Its goals of helping the underserved region that is the San Joaquin Valley are so perfectly aligned with mine that it was an easy choice.
|Joseph "Joey" Trujillo
I chose this program because our interest to provide high quality and equitable health care to medically underserved communities in the San Joaquin Valley corresponds. This program will train me to serve the needs of those people without adequate health care resources. Although some may not value the Central Valley, it is my home and I believe giving back to my community and communities in need are important.