A warm bienvenida to our new interns

Give it up for our new Education & Research Intern María Alejandra Cañas, born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. She is an international medical graduate from Universidad CES, dreaming of becoming a psychiatrist. Working as a research Assistant for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health in New York City. ¡Welcome, María Alejandra!

Congratulations to Andrea Cruz, our new intern supporting Public Health, Advocacy, Medical Student, and Governance committees. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Neuroscience. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was a peer educator at the UIC Wellness Center where she empowered and educated students on health, wellness, and holistic wellbeing. She is working as a Research Project Manager at the UIC College of Medicine Rockford. Currently, she is taking a gap year and plans to apply to medical school. Andrea is passionate about helping the Latino community. She aspires to become a physician who provides culturally- and linguistically-tailored care to underserved communities. We are happy to have you in our MOLA community, Andrea!

Felicidades to Silvia Valadez-Tapia, our new intern supporting Wellness, Mentorship, IHG, and Finances. Silvia is a Loyola University Chicago graduate, currently works at AIDS Foundation Chicago as a Senior Research & Evaluation Specialist. As a MOLA intern, she looks forward to gaining hands-on experience that directly aligns with her long-term career goal of becoming a doctora. As a future doctora, she is committed to improving health equity and healthcare outcomes for Latino and marginalized populations. ¡Bienvenida a MOLA!

Give it up for our communications intern Sara Medellín. She is an international medical graduate from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Sara has experience as a research trainee in Anesthesiology, she worked as a teacher assistant at her university and also has a special interest in helping people through music. She has been working for 10 years in a low income neighborhood in a little town in Colombia promoting cultural spaces in which music is experienced, taught, and then produced.

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