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Full Circle: How I Discovered a Passion for Public Health

Quiana Lewis

Quiana Lewis

(Quiana Lewis joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014 as a program associate, working to build a Culture of Health by helping all American residents attain stable, affordable health coverage.)

By Quiana Lewis

I am one of the more than 22,000 alumni whose careers have been shaped and lives changed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP).

For me, medicine was a logical decision: my academic performance in science was good, I liked interacting with people, and I didn’t want to be a lawyer.

Clearly, my perceptions of medicine and careers in health were limited.

Then came my SMDEP summer at UCLA, one of the most transformative experiences of my college education. A pipeline program for students who typically are underrepresented in health care fields, SMDEP exposed me to the study and practice of medicine and dentistry that enriched my understanding for both fields. I shadowed physicians, received enrichment in core science subjects, and learned how to excel in medical and dental school. I also received hands-on laboratory experience to create dental models and conducted health screenings at community fairs.

The unexpected lessons from the program, however, were the ones that stuck with me most.

The core science classes were structured using case-based learning methods. This was a departure from the didactic way I was used to learning science. The curriculum used patient case studies to teach biology, anatomy, and physiology. The lessons were investigative in nature and discussion-based. We discussed not only patients’ medical issues, but also the socioeconomic factors affecting them. This piqued my interest. Until then, I had not thought deeply about the impact of systems on the health of individuals. Throughout that summer, I read books and journal articles about the social determinants of health, medical anthropology, and epidemiology. The more I read, the more questions I posed, and the more I realized this was the career path for me.

After SMDEP, I continued to explore the vast world of public health at school and in subsequent summer programs. I graduated from Fisk University, and went on to obtain a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. Since graduate school, I have worked in state and local health departments, community organizations, and health consulting firms.

My public health journey has come full circle. I discovered my passion for population health with the help of RWJF, by way of SMDEP. Now, as an RWJF employee, I work with the Foundation to build a Culture of Health across the nation.

Without SMDEP, I might never have discovered my passion.


 

SMDEP is currently recruiting for its 2015 summer program through March 1, at 12 sites across the country, including Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, Duke University, Howard University, Rutgers University, University of Texas, UCLA, University of Louisville, University of Nebraska, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University.

For more information, visit http://smdep.org/apply-to-smdep/

 

The NAACP Images Awards Prepares for the Big Day with Luncheon

 

Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim

PHOTOS AND WRITE UP BY NAOMI K. BONMAN

 BEVERLY HILLS, CA- The stars of Hollywood, along with authors, poets, screen writers, and directors came dressed to impressed as they stepped on the red carpet prior to the 34th annual NAACP Image Awards luncheon. The private luncheon was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, January 17. The 34th Annual NAACP Image Awards will be held on Friday, February 6 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium located at 300 E. Green Street in Pasadena. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is a black tie affair. To purchase tickets, please visit www.naacpimageawards.net. To view more photos, visit sophisticatedrelations.com/naacp-luncheon. 

 

Nominations are Now Open for the 2015 Inland Empire Indie Award Show “My Music, My Mic”

SAN BERNARDINO, CA—Music is a business and the artists and production teams behind them grind hard at crafting their perfection and making sure their message reaches the masses. This summer, San Bernardino entertainment and management company, LUE Productions, will be acknowledging music artists within the Inland Empire at the 2015 Inland Empire Indie Award Show, “My Music, My Mic.” Nominations are now being accepted.

The award show will highlight Indie R&B, Rap, and Hip Hop Artists from around the Inland Empire. There will also be special awards given to the hottest music producer, model, battle rapper, Gospel rapper, dance crew, DJ, Urban fashion designer, Internet radio show, publication, graffiti artist, and video production.

If you know an artist out there that has been working hard and making major moves, go to www.Facebook.com/LUEProductions and fill out the 2015 Indie Award Show nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 5. The announcement of nominees will be held on April 5 with voting opening that same day until May 31.

The award show is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 7 2015 at 7 p.m. at the National Orange Show Sports Arena in San Bernardino. For more information, please email lue.info@yahoo.com.

About LUE Productions

Launching Unique Entertainment Talent & Production Company, known as LUE Productions, was established in 2005 with the mission of offering a safe and productive venue for artists of all ages to display their talents. They pride themselves in bringing forth unique and entertaining shows for all to enjoy. Their events over the years have provided a public forum for families to enjoy special presentations from our communities most talented. As the organization has expanded, they have held successful shows which allowed artists in the Inland Empire and surrounding cities gain exposure through special events such as Musical Concerts, Talent Shows, Open MIC Nights, and Theatrical Plays. LUE Productions is community-oriented and has committed it’s time and resources to giving back to the community.