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Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month

Monserrat Baeza
CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern

Firebaugh, California
B.A., Forensic Science (Concentration in Chemistry)
San Jose State University
Placement: RotaCare Bay Area, San Jose, California

I grew up in Firebaugh, California a small rural town in the central valley. I was raised in a single-parent household where my mother took care of my three older sisters and me through graveyard shifts and migrant work. Thanks to my mother’s example, I was able to grow as a strong, successful and hardworking woman.

Being the first of my family to pursue higher education has been my greatest accomplishment and challenge to date. Pursuing a career in health has always been my dream, as I have been affected by and witnessed many of the issues underrepresented communities face. The lack of adequate care, absence of compassion, socioeconomic and language barriers is what inspires me to make a difference one day as a physician. I truly believe that everyone deserves access to healthcare, and I hope it can one day run like a community, not a business. 

I have been a part of the Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP) and the Summer Medical and Dental Program (SMDEP) at University of California, Los Angeles.  I am also a recipient of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) scholarship that provided an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for the annual National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) conference. I met representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and heard them speak on many of the issues that plague the Latino community. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and was the last step in convincing me that a career in public health was one that I wanted to pursue. 

Being chosen as a CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern is a testament to the hard work I have put into striving towards a brighter future for myself and the communities I hope to serve. My internship placement at a local non-profit clinic, RotaCare Bay Area, has allowed me to impact my community and make a difference in the lives of those around me. My devotion to RotaCare’s mission and its patients fuels my passion even further. Thanks to this new opportunity provided by CHCI, I look forward to what the future holds in store.


Past Scholar of the Month

Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010


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