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Rebecca Medina - December 2009


Rebecca Medina
DaVita/Edward R. Roybal Health Graduate Fellow
Hometown: Whittier, CA
School: Loma Linda University
Major: Master's, Pubic Health
Placement: The Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Rebecca is a first generation Mexican-American, born and raised in Whittier, California. She received a BS in Health Science and Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Rebecca's family experience as a translator, auxiliary nurse, and reference point between medical providers and family members pushed Rebecca to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University.

Rebecca's academic experience and desire to actively participate in community welfare afforded her the opportunity to work for the National Council of La Raza/California State University, Long Beach (NCLR/CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training. In this capacity, Rebecca worked to coordinate health programs for underserved Latino communities through research and education. She became involved in the Guías de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe project, where a trained cohort of immigrant, Spanish-speaking promotores helped pregnant Latinas connect with the health care system. Her work on this project was central in the development of a white paper, "Critical Disparities in Mental Health." Rebecca's work at AltaMed Health Services allowed her to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment focusing on women, ages 10-45. The assessment identified the defining features of women and the disparities that impact the use of medical care and social services.

As a graduate student, Rebecca carried out extensive research on health care pay for performance models. She also collaborated with various researchers to report on an ethnographic portrait of Botánicas in San Bernardino, CA. Her interests in maternity care allowed her to collaborate with the San Bernardino Health Department to develop a labor induction education curriculum on the risks of non-medically indicated inductions to providers, health educators, and women.

Rebecca furthered her interests in rural health by spending time in Sri Lanka and Peru. In Sri Lanka she worked on a comparative analysis of health care delivery systems in the US and Sri Lanka. In Peru, Rebecca and fellow classmates assisted in the construction of a cattle shelter, as well as providing dental hygiene education to the community.

Through CHCI's Graduate and Young Professionals Fellowship Program, Rebecca hopes to gain a broader understanding of formulating health policy to foster an ongoing commitment to improve the health conditions of underserved Latino communities.

Her interests include reading, making earrings, dancing, and listening to music.

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Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
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Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007