2015 Cohort

Encore Career Seekers

Marjorie Brent, MBA

I am thrilled to become part of the quickly growing and immensely important field of preventative medicine. I have been intensively involved in and made important contributions to communities associated with family and friends over the last 20 years. My experiences include leading committees, helping ad hoc student/parent groups attain goals, and applying project management skills to launch new programs. Creativity joined with a joy of teamwork is always part of my approach.

My early academic training has provided me with complementary scientific and management skills, having earned a BS in Biochemistry and an MBA. My early work experience included brand management, market research, and advertising in large consumer products companies.

I am eager to work in a community with a shared vision to advance preventative healthcare based on scientific principles and measurable outcomes. I have particular interests in the fields of smoking cessation and the promotion of healthful diet. Empowering people to make healthful choices has far reaching implications for them individually, their community, and our society as a whole.

My education includes a BS degree in Biochemistry from University of Maryland College Park, and an MBA from USC, with a concentration in marketing. My hobbies include baking, mosaics, scuba diving, and travel.

 

Seasoned Professionals

Sue Kim, MD

Having served as a primary care physician in a variety of settings, I have determined that the field of medicine in the U.S. is in need of a major paradigm shift that extends beyond simply altering the structure of healthcare coverage. With the plethora of exciting technological advances, the practice of medicine has become intensely focused on the management of diseases--inadvertently increasing expenditures without necessarily improving quality of life.

I feel that the antidote to this ailment we currently suffer will entail a preventive approach that successfully redirects society’s focus from the search for quick cures to a more pervasive emphasis on health promotion--an approach that affects the way we educate our children and the way we engage with the agricultural, food, and pharmaceutical industries. I believe that the responsibility for health outcomes must be borne by all sectors, and I also firmly believe that the medical profession should be compelled to actively participate in community-oriented preventive measures as a part of routine practice, rather than being partitioned off solely to the practice of “laboratory (test)-based” medicine.

I greatly anticipate this unique opportunity to "learn from (and with) the experts." Through my community partnership(s) in the Stanford H4A fellowship, I hope to develop the essential “hands-on” skills and expertise necessary to effectively design and implement innovative programs aimed at health promotion and disease prevention.

 

Christina McFadden, MS

I have been working in Community Health for 12 years and my passion is the patient and staff experience. My education has centered on organizational behavior and development. I am excited to explore and engage with communities in changing human behavior with the Health 4 All program.

Early in my healthcare career, a mentor told me that our patients so often hear "no” and it was our job to provide space for a "yes". I love that healthcare is shifting to be a "yes" for everyone and there is a shift to focus on behavioral changes and preventive medicine. I am thrilled to start this new learning adventure with my cohort.

 

Nazanin Naghshineh, Pharm. D.

After many years working as a pharmacist, I have come to recognize that the key to better health lies not only in treatment of diseases but also, and more importantly, in health promotion and disease prevention. Through my personal experiences and consultations with patients, I have realized that we must look at well-being as a combination of preventive and therapeutic measures. I am especially interested in promoting mental health and inculcating society with a deeper concern for psychological and behavioral health. I am keenly interested in developing and implementing programs for families in order to help them prevent chronic diseases and live better, healthier lives. I am looking forward to utilizing the tools and knowledge gained from the Stanford Health 4 All program in my quest to give back to the community and help overcome the current obstacles to effective, productive healthcare.

 

Charles (Chuck) Young

I am grateful to be a Stanford Health 4 All fellow. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow fellows and learning from the world renowned experts in the Stanford Prevention Research Center.

As an experienced social entrepreneur, I am excited about the potential of technology to improve preventive medicine. In particular, advances in mobile technology present many opportunities for improving patient adherence and patient education. As a fellow, I will be looking for creative ways to integrate technology and the latest research in motivation and social psychology.

The interdisciplinary nature of preventive medicine makes Stanford an ideal place to find inspiration. During my previous graduate work at Stanford, I studied motivation with former Dean Deborah Stipek, who emphasized the power of transformational relationships, and Dr. Eran Magen, whose work on Supportive Relationships also appears to have powerful applications in a healthcare setting.

I began working with low income families as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame. My professional experience now includes founding educational programs in low income communities across the country. My goal is to leverage this experience to help design preventive medicine interventions that are effective for diverse patient populations.

As a member of the Young Presidents' Organization for the past few years, I am impressed by the broad support for the systemic improvement of our healthcare system. By supporting the wellbeing of individuals, we are not only improving healthcare--we are also creating a better world.

 

Recent Grads (1-5 years)

Omonivie Agboghidi

My name is Omonivie Agboghidi and I’m truly ecstatic to be a part of the Stanford Health 4 All cohort. I’ve always had a passion for improving health in underserved communities. Growing up, I was exposed to the poor health care access and health education available to my family’s village in Nigeria as well as the health disparities I witnessed in my own communities here in California. Born and raised in Southern California, I moved to the Bay area to attend the University of California, Berkeley where I double majored in African American Studies and Public Health.

After graduating, I was lucky enough to be hired by the Alameda County Health Coach program as a Health Coach where I could continue to pursue my passions. Our program’s goals are to work with patients who come in to the Emergency Department with uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension better manage their chronic disease. As a health coach I aim to educate, empower, support and advocate for these patients by helping them obtain health care coverage, learn about their disease and nutrition, adhere to their medications, manage stress and connect them to their primary care doctor and to social services if needed.

Ultimately, my goal is to attend medical school and become a physician so I am also completing my pre-requisite courses. I plan to use this fellowship opportunity to gain better skills and tools to enhance my role as a Health Coach and as a future health care professional.

 

Beatriz Anguiano

My name is Beatriz Anguiano, a first generation Chicana graduate from UC Davis. I am honored to be given this opportunity to be a part of Stanford’s Health 4 All Fellows program.

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o Studies & Psychology with a minor in Human Development. During my undergraduate career I became involved with various organizations and movements that advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities. I was an elected Senator of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD) where I represented the undergraduate student body. I was also involved with Yik’al Kuyum: Chicana/o Latina/o Holistic Support Program, which advocates for educational equity through retention programs on campus and outreach support to K-12. This past year, I interned for The Center for Transnational Health, Ninos Sanos, Familia Sana, a project that aims to integrate various intervention methods against childhood obesity and for healthier communities.I hope to gain the knowledge and tools to continue to work with the Chicana/o Latina/o community as well as collaborating with marginalized communities to provide a holistic approach to health.

 

Donna Bui

I recently graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2014 with a double major in Anthropology and Integrative Biology with an emphasis on Human Biology and Health Sciences. During my time at UC Berkeley, I was involved with the Pilipino Association for Health Careers, Volunteers for Medical Outreach, and the University Health Services Health Worker Program. Aside from my interests in the medical field, I was also interested in culture. Growing up with a strong connection to my Vietnamese culture made me aware of the implications culture has on health care in terms of quality and accessibility. I became passionate about community health through my involvement with the Mabuhay Health Center in San Francisco, CA. At MHC, I learned the importance of patient advocacy and educating patients with skills and tools that they need in order to manage their chronic illnesses and maintain a healthy lifestyle. With my experiences as a volunteer with the Mabuhay Health Center and my education here at Stanford, I hope to be able to gain a greater perspective on how linguistically and culturally competent programs can better serve the health needs of my community. I aspire to become a primary care physician, hoping to balance ethnomedicine and community health needs to serve the underserved populations, women and people of color.

In my free time, I enjoy running outdoors, hiking, watching movies and spending quality time with my family and friends.

 

Maria Cabe

Hello, my name is Maria Cabe and I am from San Mateo, California. I graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a B.S. in Exercise Biology and a minor in Music. Serving and advocating for under-represented communities have always been a big passion of mine. As an undergrad, I worked in the student-run Student Recruitment and Retention center for 2 years focusing on the retention and mentorship of transfer students. Additionally, I spent 3 years as a volunteer in Bayanihan Clinic, a student-run free health clinic serving the uninsured population as well as the Filipino communities of Sacramento.

Immediately after I graduated, I started working as a physical therapy aide at Stanford’s Vaden Health Center in the hopes of gaining more patient care experience for graduate school. As a Stanford H4A fellow, I plan to explore primary preventative methods to combat one of the most prevalent health issues of the Filipino community, cardiovascular disease. By providing more awareness to the community, I hope to empower others to live healthier and create a healthier America.

My future goal is to attend physician assistant school and practice medicine for the under-represented community. Ultimately, I would like to go back to my birthplace, the Philippines, and use my knowledge to help serve the communities I came from.

 

Yadira Castaneda

My name is Yadira Castaneda and I majored in Human Biology at Stanford. I was born and lived in Mexico until I was nine years old. Growing up in Mexico, I observed a lot of child poverty and malnutrition. When my family and I moved to central Washington, I witnessed how social, economical, cultural, and environmental factors affected the wellness of the people. I began to notice the obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure problems many of the people within my community faced.

My desires and objective of becoming a doctor was cultivated and confirmed through these experiences. I want to provide culturally responsive, accessible, and effective medical services to my community. In addition, I am extremely interested in prevention and finding ways to improve the health of low-income communities.

I am looking forward to being part of the Health 4 All Program. I am beyond excited to learn the tools and strengthen the skills I would need as a doctor, in order to best advise patients who want to change their lifestyles. When advising my patients, I want to keep in mind their culture, background, and traditions.

 

Kris Hart

Hello everyone! My name is Kris Hart and I am very excited to be a part of this year’s Health 4 All cohort.

I recently graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science in Business. I developed my interest and passion for preventative healthcare after my senior capstone investigating healthcare reform and areas that need improvement within the healthcare industry. I learned that from a business and quality of life perspective we are far from a system that really promotes optimal health. Since that time I have been eager to find a way to contribute to solutions. After graduation I worked in marketing and sales until I was able to find my way back to my passion, working in healthcare and promoting healthy living.

I am an EMT, work two nights a week taking care of an elderly man who is currently in the third stage of Alzheimer’s, and volunteer at Stanford Children's hospital twice a week. I also enjoy coaching; this will be my second year coaching flag football at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto.

I’m very honored and excited to start this program and hope to be a great filter of knowledge from the classroom into my community. My enthusiasm and belief in the mission of this program will enable me to make strong contributions. My long term goal is to become a physician assistant where I can bring all my experiences together and have a positive effect on society and individual lives.

 

Nancy Lam

My name is Nancy Lam and I am excited and eager to begin the H4A program. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree and a minor in Public Policy where I strove to understand how economic and social influences affected health policy decisions.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area and am working to find my niche in contributing to the wellness of my community. My interests are diverse and my desire to gain experiential training in assessing and improving community issues brought me to Health 4 All.

In a world with ever increasing stimulants competing for attention, I want to become skilled in engaging a community to create a sustainable change that my community can enjoy integrating into their lives. I myself have benefited and grown from being part of programs and organizations with aims that range from building bonds between police and youth to been a mentor for at-risk students to supporting an international coastal disaster group prepare for missions abroad.

I am ready to gain inspiration from my cohort and knowledgeable faculty to learn how to breakdown data into elements that influences the design of prevention methods. As I further my skills, I am eager to put them into practice and have an impact.

 

Anne Michalek

I am honored and excited to be a part of the 2014-2015 cohort for Stanford Health 4 All. I look forward to being a part of a passionate team of diverse students working together with a common goal of implementing what we learn in the classroom into qualitative improvements in prevention medicine with a community partner.

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree at St. Lawrence University in 2011, studying Psychology and African Studies. Throughout college, I participated in several programs focused on improving the health and wellbeing of my community. I volunteered as a counselor for a 24-hour crisis hotline, I mentored a middle school student through a program similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I organized and led a women’s club ice hockey team. I also completed two internships, one in which I traveled alone to Zanzibar to assist a medical team at a psychiatric hospital, and another in which I assisted leaders in the field of prevention medicine in developing behavior change programs for college students to improve exercise, diet, and stress management.

After graduation, I moved to California to continue to advance and implement my knowledge of health interventions into practice at UC San Francisco, where I have worked for the past three years as a clinical research coordinator. At UCSF, I coordinate research focused on developing effective treatments for tobacco dependence and other leading risk factors (e.g., depression, obesity, stress) in complex populations.

 

Orianna Reyes

My name is Ori, and I am a Health Educator from San Francisco. I received a B.S. in Health Education from SFSU, where I currently provide Affordable Care Act counseling to uninsured students. As a student, I was a Research Assistant for the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Institute for Health Equity, where I learned the importance of co-learning in community partnerships. As a Stanford Health 4 All fellow, I am excited to learn directly from Bay Area communities and their partners about the challenges of developing and implementing effective health promotion programs. There are many barriers to health which are outside of the individual’s control, and I greatly look forward to learning how communities can be engaged, supported and empowered to change health behaviors.

 

Danielle Rossoni

I graduated Stanford Class of 2013 with a BA in Human Biology and a concentration on human rights, law, and research. I was part of the residential staff in the dorms as a Peer Health Educator. PHEs were the liaison between Vaden Health Center and the students living on campus. As a PHE, I was responsible for providing health resources and putting on health-related programming. I also became a peer counselor, which drove home the importance of respecting a person’s autonomy. After graduating, I studied Arabic in Morocco. I joined the community service club and saw first-hand the importance of community driven intervention. Currently, I am a teaching assistant for the Stanford online class International Women’s Health and Human Rights. From this experience I have learned that even when looking at issues at an international level, community-based interventions are the most effective. All these experiences have shaped and strengthened my belief in a person’s ability to control their wellbeing with accessible methods and information. At the end of the program, I hope to have the skills to create change and empower people to have a say in their health.

 

Kathleen Yang

My name is Kathleen and I am thrilled to be a part of Stanford's Health 4 All fellowship. I graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Public Health Sciences. Since then, I spent a year traveling and working abroad teaching English to kindergarten and elementary students. Living abroad allowed me the opportunity to compare first-hand the differences in lifestyles between America and other countries. Working with children overseas helped me realize the importance of instilling healthy habits at a young age to promote health awareness. I believe food is a fundamental factor in the basic survival of humans that is not receiving enough credit for the impact it has on life's longevity and prosperity. I want to help encourage a change in our communities' health behaviors by promoting the idea of eating with a purpose and staying active to decrease the incidence of preventable diseases.

Through H4A, I hope to expand my knowledge on the science and techniques required to engage communities in leading a healthier lifestyle. I want to learn how to lead and motivate our community to become actively involved within the public health field themselves. This way, we can work together in instilling healthy habits at a young age so our future generations will be at a lower risk of preventable diseases. Under the mentorship of Stanford's faculty, I am eager to promote a positive change in our society's behavior ultimately for a healthier America.

 

Saya Yusa

I am a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. My future aspiration is to become a primary care physician and advocate for the homeless population. I have a lot of experience on Skid Row in Los Angeles, and I wish to work with the homeless population in my home town/the bay area. I am also interested in public policy and how healthcare policy affects marginalized populations. As a Stanford Health 4 All fellow I hope to learn how to approach preventative medicine in the current healthcare system through experiences in and outside of the classroom.

 

Community/Policy Activists

Lisa Marquart

When you are in the business of developing and equipping leaders, you are in the business of health, wellness and the prevention of chronic disease.

In my work as a professional educator, lifestyle coach, community builder, friend and parent, I know that healthy living is integral to leaders realizing, expressing and utilizing their gifts and abilities. I am particularly interested in facilitating wellness programming that provides leaders with the qualitative and quantitative tools they need to learn, think, reflect and build responsive, sustainable, smart and effective health practices into their lives, both personally and organizationally.

My particular focus during the Health 4 All program will center on developing an appropriate “tool kit to health” that best serves and equips leaders in one of our most important organizations of change and leadership development in America – our schools.

To reach the goals of my focus on leadership development, I am grateful for the opportunities and challenges provided by Stanford’s Health 4 All program and partnership with Stanford’s Health Improvement Program. I believe this experience will provide measurable and replicable results affecting comprehensive health programming within my community.

Equipping leaders demands attention be given to health, wellness and the prevention of chronic disease. The Health 4 All Fellowship, therefore, responsively addresses an integral need of leaders and community based educational programming designs. I look forward to this experience and seeing the difference it will make in the lives of others!