2021-2022 Fellows and Projects

Meleeka Akbarpour
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Harm Reduction Institute

Meleeka is working to address the unique and unmet medical needs of people who inject drugs. Her project efforts will provide wound care for patients with Hepatitis C, while being sensitive to cultural backgrounds and individual preferences.

Melodyanne Cheng
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
West LA VA Eye Clinic

Melodyanne’s project goals are to address medical misinformation and identify underlying causes of health disparities in the Los Angeles’ Veterans Affairs patient population. She aims to improve health literacy around glaucoma surgeries and increase access to care.

Shahrin Islam
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
South Asian Network

Shahrin is launching a lung cancer awareness campaign for the South Asian American community. Her goal is to connect clients with crucial resources and develop linguistically and culturally-specific materials about lung cancer prevention.

Alexandra Johnson
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA & Charles R. Drew
St. Barnabas Senior Services

Alexandra’s project will inform older adults, their caregivers, and community members about COVID-19 prevention and vaccine education. She will create comprehensive web resources and health information materials.

Stephanie Perez
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
The Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital

Stephanie seeks to sustain and improve a community program aimed at providing health education to Latino, Spanish-speaking communities in Boyle Heights. She will facilitate classes that emphasize lifestyle modifications and diabetes management.