Throughout my life, I have perception of the world has changed with the aquiration of new knowledge. Throughout my life I have began to gain consciousness of issues that people of color, people like me, Latina, immigrant-descent, low-income face in everyday life. I always knew since a young age that I wanted to help people, my people. I knew I had to become someone to have the ability to be herd and listened too regardless of the color of my skin, someone worth remembering, someone who created change, someone who my parents could be proud of, but most importantly someone who I can be proud of. When I came to UCLA, a young naïve Latina, who left her bubble community back in Huntington Park, CA, I became aware of how other students were way …show more content…
Through the Summer Urban Health Fellowship, I will be able to understand the health disparities within communities allowing me to help my community medically one day to the best of my abilities. I want to gain new knowledge of the health disparities communities like where I come from, face. Currently, I am taking a class on the health in the Latino/Chicano population. This class has broadened my horizons. It has exposed me to how things such as race, social class, income, access to resources, environment, and many other things has an outstanding impact on the quality and quantity of health care they receive. Through this program I hope to learn the fundamentals of community based research, how to advocate for health policy, a most importantly how to educate communities on health. I believe that is the most rewarding thing I can get out of this program. Having the ability, the power, to change someone’s life, by just giving him or her basic health care knowledge is so empowering. Knowing that I changed that life, that because of me hopefully their health will better instead of worsen. Through this program I hope to learn from the community, to learn their experiences, which will allow me to be even more conscious of the disparities they are forced to face, hence causing me to ponder “how can this issue be fixed?”, “what policy can be implemented”?. Being able to connect with the community and with my peers will be a valuable and unforgettable experience. Not only will I be able to learn from the community, but from my fellow peers, medical students, high school students, and other undergraduates as well. Getting to me mentored by people who have done what I want to do will be enriching, it’ll be an experience that ill cherish forever. Creating long lasting friendships with people who have similar interest.
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The idea of scientific authority has played an impactful role throughout industrialized society. As the production of knowledge through scientific research is constantly developing, new discoveries have a major influence in policies and practices that influence both social and scientific structures. In a seminar held by Dr. Hayes Bautista, a professor for Chicano Studies Community Medicine 106, he discussed health within the Latino population and his research on The Latino Epidemiological Paradox in terms of science, theory, and data. His research not only questions scientific research and health models, but pose questions that challenge systems surrounding healthcare.
There is a man, you might have heard of him, John Lewis. Lewis is an African American who became a civil rights activist for people of color. He took many steps to get to where he did in making his vision of a better future for people of color possible and in existence, despite it feeling like the universe was working against him. If it were not for the feeling of liberation he gets, he may not have taken these life-changing steps in his life. John Lewis was a brave man who had worked up to involving himself
I know VCOM is dedicated to creating an engaging learning environment to educate the next generation of doctors to provide care of the utmost quality. As someone who grew up in a medically-underserved county and desires to address the needs of my community, I can relate to the mission of VCOM to address the needs of medically-underserved populations When I shadowed Dr. Edwin Chan, we discussed potential research projects I could propose to the professors from the UF Department of Anthropology. We agreed I should propose research on the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color in Alachua County. While the project unfortunately fell through when returning to UF, addressing these disparities remained a forefront concern which I seek to pursue in the future. I anticipate that VCOM, with a commitment to health equity and addressing the needs of underserved communities, will provide me the opportunity to pursue research assessing disparities in healthcare.
I intend to continue this attitude wherever I go to college and beyond. As a military dependent, my peers, friends, and teammates have come from different backgrounds and cultures, but I have learned to look past their gender, color, or ethnicity and work with them for who they are as a
Hispanics, initial drawbacks frequently come from their parents ' immigrant and economic position and their sparse knowledge regarding the United States education system. While Hispanic students navigate through the school system, insufficient resources in schools and their awkward rapport with teachers continues to weaken their academic achievement. Initial drawbacks continue to mount up, causing the Hispanic population in having the least high school and college degree accomplishment, which is counterproductive of having a possibility for stable employment. According to Portman & Awe (2009) school counselors and comprehensive school counseling programs are anticipated to play a dynamic role in addressing the discrepancy between diverse
The health status of African American men constitute a complex story of historical oppression, social forces of discrimination at political, institutional, and individual levels, and economic disadvantages that have worked against the health of black men for centuries. Many African American men continue to suffer disproportionately from poor physical and mental health, and are also feared and marginalized in American society. It is clear that the health disparities among African American men are astounding when compared to other racial, ethnic male groups, especially white males. The awakening to the existence of health disparities has brought concern about African American males ' health issues in the US. Though many other indicators of quality
According to the CDC Hispanics of Mexican origin make up approximately 17 percent of the population in the United States. They are the one of the largest cultural populations in U.S. has risen dramatically over last four decades. There are a variety of reason that lead to health disparities for the Hispanic community these reasons then lead to the individuals not obtaining healthcare. First, it was reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012 that 29.1 percent of the Hispanic do not have health insurance. This usually prevents the majority of Hispanic people from receiving health care.
Research draft paper Amid American communities all over the country there is a hidden population of individuals who are particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of the inaccessibility of quality health care. An estimated 11 million people, Latino individuals and families who have entered the United States without documentation, live their lives under an inordinate amount of stress and fear (Sorrell). Undocumented Latino immigrants in the US are especially vulnerable when it comes to their health due to the various barriers and disparities they encounter such as a complicated healthcare system, inaccessible care, language barriers, cultural differences, perceptions of discrimination, and fear of deportation.
Despite improvements, racial minorities and people that suffer disabilities often face more health care disparities that lead to health inequalities including forced sterilization and an increase in cervical cancer. For instance, the American Indian/Alaska Native population is a prominent minority community that faces health disparities. In the United States, there is currently 567 federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and 2.9 million individuals identify themselves as American Indian/Alaska Native natives alone (Dugi, 2017). These individuals continue to die faster than other Americans in many categories that can be attributed with the health disparities this population endures (Dugi, 2017). American Indians/ Alaska Natives
Being a child of immigrant parents makes you appreciate life so much because everyday it’s an opportunity to be the best you can be to make everyone around you proud. My parents can’t got back to school and get an education so being able to see me succeed is worth their hard work. My parents have taught me to never give up. I know that some doors may be closed on me but that doesn’t mean other doors won’t open. I want to be someone who represents the Hispanic community.
I have applied the desire I once had of fitting in to effecting change that impacts and unites my surroundings. My interests are vast and my passion is organic. My mission is to revise the narrative of the underrepresented communities of this country. I understand there is value in finding a nexus between variances in cultures, but I believe that it is beneficial to all when all are at their best. I will destroy the concept of double consciousness by striving to alleviate the difficulty African-Americans endure when attempting to identify as black and American.
It seems as though race is not a substantial issue in the world today like it used to be. Everyone has a different background from where they come from and an ethnicity. Chicanos, Hispanics, Latinos, Mexican Americans whatever you wanna call them. They 're just people, right? Around the 1960s, many individuals in this group were faced with difficult issues throughout their lives.
Dawn, you said many things that resonated with me. I found it surprising and refreshing for you to write "I grew up in a racially diverse school from sixth grade on and I am more comfortable with a mix of people than with all European Americans; so that part of the equation works well for me.". Actually you are one of the first people I can recall who has said they grew up in a racially diverse school from sixth grade on and feel comfortable with a mix of people. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and most of the students I attended school with first grade to 12th grade were minorities. When I went to college, I saw a racially diverse group and that was my first experience with people of many racial groups.
This past year, I was given the opportunity to attend the Black and Latino Male Summit held annually at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The theme of the summit was “Affirming Our Legacy to Influence Future Efforts”, but that only left me with a question. Now as one of the millions of young African American men out there, how was I supposed to have an impact on a future that wasn’t even my own. That question rang through my mind throughout whole day. But what really gave me a better picture was the last workshop where I heard a line that I’ll never forget, “your college degree isn’t just for you . . .
Last summer I got the chance to attend the Rio Grande Valley Summer Science Internship where only about ten students got selected from hundreds that applied. This internship required me to make a presentation on how we can improve lives of Hispanic men here in the Rio Grande Valley. My presentation was on obesity and type two diabetes, which is relatively what we, Hispanics get often. With the help of my mentor we established a survey to study what men think we can do to better our health conditions and reflected on their history and what they wish could have known to prevent what they have now or are in risk of. I helped this internship get ideas on what they should do to their current organization and how to approach young people like me