Patricia Trinidad is in her final year of the Master of Public Health program at CSULB. She is interested in fostering healthier physical, nutritional, and higher educational attainment for women and children of communities of color. She hopes to continue researching these topics and help build capacity for organizations serving historically under served populations through evaluation, grant-writing, and consulting for community-based organizations. In the future, Patricia plans to be a non-profit Executive Director or Director of a social venture organization working to advance health equity for communities of color.
Deanna Afif is a 2nd year Graduate student in the Public Health Program at CSULB. Her areas of interest are in chronic disease epidemiology as well as environmental health specifically in water quality and gastrointestinal diseases. In the future she hopes to work in an international health organization as an epidemiologist. In her spare time she likes to go camping and hiking.
Gabriel Cruz is currently a graduate student in the Masters in Public Health Program at CSULB. His career aspirations are to pursue medicine and work as a doctor in the medical field. Some of his research interests in public health include diabetes prevention, HIV, and Epidemiology. Gabriel comes from a family background of nursing, as both his parents work as Public Health Nurses for the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
Nathalia Kim will be graduating from CSULB in fall 2018, with a Bachelor of Science in health science. Upon graduation, she will be applying to graduate school of occupational therapy. Her goal is to become an occupational therapist who will bring positive change to each individual’s life. Nathalia’s areas of interest in research include autism, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. She sees CHER as a great opportunity to build her professionalism and gain skills in research, data entry, and data collection.
Graduate intern Ahana Singh is a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate in the Department of Health Science. She aspires to promote mental health among underprivileged populations to enhance wellness and quality of life (QoL). After pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH), she would like to travel back to her birth country Nepal to prevent human trafficking and to advocate for sex workers. Her areas of interest in research include the association between mental health and sexual health and their relationship to QoL. Ahana strongly believes an effective way to prevent a negative health outcome is to spread awareness and knowledge through health education efforts.
Blake Stephens is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at CSULB majoring in Health Science with an option in Community Health Education. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, Blake will be applying to Physician Assistant master's programs. His primary areas of interest include emergency medicine and pediatric oncology in underserved communities. To compliment his studies, Blake enjoys volunteering at local hospitals to gain valuable healthcare experience.
Dallin Geiser is an undergraduate health science major who will be graduating in the upcoming summer. His interest in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as how health inequities impact a population’s health are what drives him to learn and excel in his time at CHER. Upon graduating, he has plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Public Health in the field of epidemiology/biostatistics. Additionally, he hopes to continue being involved in research upon completion of his time at CHER.
Tino Rivera will be graduating from CSULB in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Science. He plans to continue his education and attend nursing school to prepare him for his professional goals of providing care for underserved communities and addressing health disparities. Tino has many interests within public health such as sexual health, emergency preparedness, and the distribution/occurrence of disease. He sees this internship experience as a great opportunity to learn more about the Long Beach community and to build research skills.
Samantha Serrano will be graduating from CSULB in spring 2018, with a Bachelor’s of Science in health science. She plans to continue her education and pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. Samantha is passionate about working with and empowering marginalized communities, specifically the Latino community. Ultimately, she would like to provide sexual and reproductive health services to Latino communities in the U.S and in Central America. Additionally, she would like to continue health research in the areas of sexual health and infectious disease.
Stephanie Sumstine is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Health Equity Research. She received her Bachelor in Science degree from CSULB in Community Health Education and is finishing her Master in Public Health (MPH) degree from CSULB. Stephanie is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and has a profound interest in reducing health disparities among under-served populations. Stephanie’s MPH research experience involves racial/ethnic differences in mental health correlates of substance use and prescription stimulants among undergraduate college students. Her other research interests are in HIV prevention/risk reduction and youth development.
Lyka Trinidad has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree from CSULB. She has a strong research and public health background with a demonstrated experience in managing surveillance systems, and monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS, and STI programs in the Philippines. Her other areas of interest include mental health, adolescent health and health education.