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Learning from the Past, Living in the Present, Inspiring the Future Nereida Esparza MMSP Recipient 2010 Learning from the Past Where I came from Born in Chicago – Growing up among the dishwashers, gardeners, and steel mill workers – like my father Our family returns to Mexico – My father’s dream of returning to live in his homeland fulfilled, but his hopes for a good education for his children shattered My parents’ sacrifices serve as motivation to pursue education as a means to success What Healthcare Meant to Me To my family, medical care was an ER visit My first real interaction with healthcare – as an interpreter for my grandfather My mind opens to the possibility of a medical career Community Service and Commitment Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program – Invite minority high school students to interact with medical students and faculty in order to increase awareness of opportunities in health professions – Help strengthen young students’ motivation to pursue careers in healthcare Multicultural Community for the Academic Advancement in Medicine – Promote academic success of minority medical students – Facilitate scholarship and mentorship between students, housestaff, and faculty members Research – Reaching Out Health Care Disparities – Talking face-to-face with primary care physicians working on the Southside of Chicago Medical Interpretation – Assessing the quality of Spanish medical interpretation at University of Chicago Medical Center Living in the Present Focusing on Primary Care The Family Doctor as Patient Advocate – The primary care physician is the first step in access to healthcare Being involved in the Community – By making health awareness an integral part of every doctor visit – By continuing to participate in community programs promoting health and health education MacNeal Family Medicine Located in Berwyn, only a few miles from downtown Chicago Serves a diverse community – of all ages and multiple ethnic backgrounds Focus on local community Inspiring the Future NMF – The Monash/Mitchell Scholarship Motivation to continue in the realm of primary care and continue to be involved in local community – Allows a focus on ideals, not finances Inspiration to give back and continue to help those that come after us – Paying forward the generosity granted to me Looking towards 2040 ‘Health’ as more than medical care – A holistic approach by looking at the person as a whole – influenced by the surrounding environment Focus on disparities – Eliminate health disparities – by providing equitable care and educating providers – Increase minority recruitment into healthcare – by providing the means and the motivation Looking towards 2040 Define the health care needs of Chicago – Addressing the impact of chronic medical diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity Prevention of disease – Helping provide preventative services to all and create awareness of their importance Inspiring My Career Goals Provide high quality primary care for underserved communities Educate the community on their health, giving them the means to make changes in their lives Motivate young minorities to pursue their dreams, despite adversities Help ease the financial burden of education Acknowledgements Alberto and Teresa Esparza, my parents, for being the inspiring light on my quest. Dr. Monica Vela, a true role model. Everyone at NMF and MMSP – for their generosity and dedication to our communities and our futures.
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