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  • Pre-Health Dreamers' Response to Supreme | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Pre-Health Dreamers' Response to Supreme Court DACA Decision Dear PHD family, ​ We did it!! We had a huge win this morning when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the DACA program. We are elated that many members from the PHDreamers’ community and beyond, were able to take a sigh of relief and celebrate this moment. The DACA program supports nearly 700,000 individuals nationally and impacts even more families and communities across the country. This moment can bring mixed emotions. Many members in the PHD community are not eligible for DACA or have family members and loved ones who were left behind by this immigration policy. We also acknowledge that DACA was never a permanent solution and it does not provide a pathway to citizenship. We firmly believe in the need for a comprehensive immigration reform that benefits all undocumented immigrants in this country. Today’s victory is a battle won from a much larger war that still needs to be fought. ​ We hope to help answer some questions on what today’s decision means. According to the Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC) , today’s decision means that the court sided with DACA recipients in acknowledging that the way the program was rescinded was unlawful. Even though the program has been reinstated, it is important to note that the administration can still try to end the program. What the decision means for the time being is that the program will continue with the following benefits: Current DACA recipients can continue to submit renewal applications. Individuals who meet eligibility for DACA will be able to submit new applications. All eligible individuals should consult with a legal representative prior to submitting a DACA application for the first time. Advanced Parole may open in the future, but it is unclear what this will look like given the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions. ​ For those seeking financial assistance for DACA, please visit this website by RAICES! It is important that everyone in the community take the time to process their emotions regardless of what they may be. However, PHD recognizes that we must continue to advocate for more progressive institutional policies for the undocumented community. We strongly believe that no piece of paper or status defines who you are. We will continue to shape our own futures regardless of what may come and not let restrictive and discriminatory policies hold us down. ​ PHD wants to thank all the undocumented individuals that advocated for DACA to stay and consistently consistently advocates for the rights of all immigrants. For years, many individuals have tirelessly shared their stories to politicians and to the media including hundreds of individuals in the PHD community. Every single individual who was also so brave to share their story to their peers, teachers, counselors, admission officers and others, we thank you as well. Thank you to all who marched and protested in support of all undocumented immigrants. Your courageous work as undocumented young people and adults has been a powerful one and never forget that this victory came with your work. WE earned it. We would also like to thank the organizations and institutions that filed against the administration when DACA was rescinded in 2017. Pre-Health Dreamers joined the Association of American Medical Colleges and 31 other organizations in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court filed in September 2019 where we detailed why the DACA program was vital to health care professionals. We included results from our 2019 Breaking More Barriers report (shout out to all who completed the survey!). Our very own co-founder New Latthivongskorn was a plaintiff in the first lawsuit filed against the Trump Administration for rescinding DACA. And Denisse Rojas, also co-founder of PHD, was the sole witness to the DACA program in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing a month after the program was rescinded. Our PHD community was instrumental in this fight. ​ We’d like to share other recent media featuring our PHD community! Including Dr. Veronica Velasquez (Doctor of Physical Therapy), Dr. Dalia Larios, MD , Dr. Cesar Andrade, Drs Andino and Barnal , and Krissia Rivera (medical student at Brown). Today’s news will continue to benefit an estimated 699,350 active DACA recipients residing in the United States. However, advocacy must continue for all undocumented and TPS individuals. Families deserve to stay together. In this fight with you - today and always. ​ ​ Yours truly, ​ Yadira Ortiz, Executive Director Pre-Health Dreamers || ​ Denisse Rojas Marquez, Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamers || ​ Dr. New Latthivongskorn, Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamers ||

  • Student Portal | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    PEEP | Student Portal The advent of long and ongoing educational system for professional has highlighted the need for better policy at both the institutional and local level. We are looking for the most interesting applications that make up a variety of backgrounds to tackle these educational boulders. This is the program to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with students from like minded environments. As a member of the PEEP Cohort you will be armed with the tools and social networks needed to tackle higher educational pursuits as an immigrant. Interested in all of the above? Join our 2024 PEEP Cohort! Please make sure that you are willing to commit to attend mandatory sessions and meet the PEEP Innovative Challenge commitments. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Apply PEEP Scholar Program Schedule for Students Full program schedule, highlighted with mandatory, optional and workshop events. PEEP Student Resources Resources shared during webinars that is made available to Pre-Health Dreamers PEEP Students for the 2023 Cohort. What Our Students Say Thao Ma, B.A. Psychologu, MN Chemistry "Since being a program participant of Pre-Health Dreamers, I don’t withdraw myself from internships anymore. Instead, I push myself to question the organization about its eligibility and requirements. "

  • Innovativation Challenge | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Overview Program Details Checkout our 2023 PEEP Innovation Challenge Projects Over the last couple of months, our student's worked hard to tackle some of the most challenging issues within the immigrant and health care systems. View our three favorite winning projects from the top submissions. 1/7 Problem Pitching Jan - Feb During the dates of January 25th - February 15th, teams will meet at least once to discuss possible problems that they would want their group to tackle. Problems can stem from any three branches: 1) educational challenges for immigrant youth, 2) healthcare discrepancies for immigrant communities, 3) any other immigrant issues you faced as an undocumented student. Inspiration for problem can stem from personal experiences faced as an undocumented student. Brainstorming Feb - March Teams will enter the "Brainstorming" phase after a problem has been identified that has to be resolved. During this time, teams will gather to create and construct solutions. In order to create and construct solutions, may use pre-existing models presented by academic literature and provide their own twist. ​ Poster Exhibition July 13th Los Angeles, California Teams will be presenting their projects via their posters at the annual conference for PhDreamers held this year in-person at Los Angeles, California. After the last team has pitched, judges will deliberate, and winners will be announced at the end of the event. Solution: Building your poster March - June After receiving and incorporating mentor comments, teams start composing a poster that summarizes their process for coming up with an inventive solution. On Scholar Teaching Day, poster templates will be made available at the commencement of the program. Posters will include an introduction, an issue explanation, and a solution. PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • Conference | Sponsor | Pre-Health Dreamers

    BECOME A SPONSOR Click Here Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) is excited to announce that we are seeking sponsorship for our 2-Day Student Retreat and Annual Conference taking place in July 2023 in Los Angeles, CA. This will be the first in-person retreat for our students since the pandemic, and it will be the first time our conference is in person! PHD student participants reside across the country. Your support will help PHD fly in and host 40 Pre-Health Dreamer participants in Los Angeles, CA, in July and help us: ​ Host students during our 3-day reunion, which includes a 2-day retreat and 1-day conference; Support students with travel and lodging costs for the three-day event; Support PHD’s conference “Revolutionizing the Health of Undocumented Communities”; Expand PEEP programming and strengthen student and community connection; and Support the professional and advocacy development of PHD student participants ​ Thanks to your support, PHD participants will meet for the first time in-person with their peers from the 2023 Peer Engagement and Enrichment (PEEP) Cohort during this reunion. MISSION Sponsorship Levels Goal - PHD hopes to reach $30,000 to support 40 students. $3000 FOUNDING SPONSOR Prominent display of name/logo in all conference rooms Recognition during the opening and closing ceremony Logo and information listed in conference program and updated conference flyer Social Media acknowledgement Acknowledgement on conference website $2000 GOLD Prominent display of name/logo in all conference rooms Recognition during the opening ceremony Logo and information listed in conference program Social Media acknowledgement Acknowledgement on conference website $1000 SILVER Recognition during the opening ceremony Logo and information listed in conference program Social Media acknowledgement Acknowledgement on conference website $500 SOCIAL MEDIA SPONSOR Social Media acknowledgement Acknowledgement on conference website $ 100 CONFERENCE PROGRAMS ADS Logo and information listed in conference program

  • For our students | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Students Peer Engagement & Enrichment Program (PEEP) For current students, past alumni, and those pursuing the next step in their health care education. LaunchPad Open to anyone interested in pursuing a venture in health careers. Resources For any quick tips, Q&A, or other reference documents we have for various health careers.

  • Outreach Report | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Changing the Game Pre-Health Dreamers is the first undocumented student-born organization to push for changes in admission policies at health-related professional programs denying students due to their status. 01 National Community Coalition (NCC) Pre-Health Dreamers’ National Community Coalition (NCC) seeks to address barriers and empower institutions that seek to better assist and work with the undocumented community. Through a year-long training, support, and collaboration with the members that serve in these institutions, we will enrich the spaces they provide for the most historically excluded communities. We are excited to have signed on our first member schools: SUNY Upstate Medical University and California University of Science and Medicine. 02 Advancing Public Health Through Law and Policy PHD changed admission policies at nursing programs and other health-related programs denying students due to their status. 03 PEEP: Peer Engagement and Enrichment Program PEEP fosters opportunities for undocumented individuals to become leaders in their professional programs, healthcare, and research through workshops, training, guest speakers, and peer mentorship. After completing PEEP, alums will continue to be offered leadership opportunities to train undocumented individuals to advocate for equitable higher education and professional program access. 04 Changes in admission policies for health professional programs PHD works to inform educators and program decision-makers about California laws and policies that advance undocumented students in pursuing health-related programs and careers. We invite you to join our efforts to create welcoming admission requirements and spaces for undocumented students pursuing health-related professional programs at your campus.

  • PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Peer Engagement Enrichment Program Application Deadline Location December 1st, 2023 11:59 PM PST Virtual Year 2023-2024 Share PHD's Peer Engagement and Enrichment Program (PEEP) is a graduate pipeline program for undocumented students pursuing health professions. The program's design supports students with complex immigration statuses such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protective Status. Participants pursue health-related programs such as medical school, physical therapy, nursing, etc. Each profession has barriers: background checks, restrictive admission requirements, and inequitable support in schools. ​ PEEP shapes and trains competitive applicants to break barriers that undocumented students face. Our program focuses on empowerment, self-advocacy, story sharing, and professional skills. ​ P E E P Innovation Challenge 2024 “If you look at history, innovation does not come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect,” says Steven Johnson, a popular American science author. Traditionally, the responsibility of coming up with innovative products, services, and business models was assigned only to a handful of people within institutions. Pre-existing institutions have not provided a reliable concept for undocumented youth to pursue their education or choose eligible healthcare. Here at PhDreamers, we are trying to motivate students to tackle these issues first hand. We will strive to tackle issues they have faced by working in diverse teams and developing and building solutions. This year, PhDreamer's Peer Engagement and Enrichment Program will provide a research component to our students by using the program as a platform for students to build and develop a solution to an existing pressing issue amongst immigrant communities. We welcome all interested in applying for 2024's Summer PEEP 2024 Cohort. Learn more Student Apply today to be a part of the 2023 PEEP Scholar Program. Learn more Mentor Share your knowledge and experience with PEEP scholars as they break down problems and transform ideas into solutions. Learn more Meet our PEEP Alumni Cohort 2021 - 2022 Cohort 2020 - 2021

  • PEEP Cohort 2021-2022 | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Meet our Students! We are excited to highlight the stories of some of our PEEP participants across the nation who are striving to attend graduate and health professional programs. This 2022 Cohort consisted of 42 participants scattered across the nations. ​ Please get to know our future scientists, educators, and health providers by hearing their stories and learning from their advice below! Anna Career: Medicine I am majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Dietetics, Food, and Nutrition at Lehman College. Recently I graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an associate degree in Biology in June of 2021. My professional goal is to have a career in a healthcare environment because healthcare is a human right. I am passionate about increasing access to healthcare for marginalized communities. In addition to my educational background, I fluently speak Greek, Albanian, and English. Carla Career: Public Health Clementine Career: Medicine Clementine is a sophomore student from Bryn Mawr College. Daniela V. Career:Public Policy Daniela is a Venezuela native, DACAmented, feminist, student, and public advocate for her community in the state of NJ. She is currently working with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as an office manager connecting statewide Hispanic businesses in New Jersey. She assists with different functions of the Chamber and helps develop strong relationships with various businesses and other community sources to support the Chamber's expansion and development. In addition, she is currently working as the Director of UndocuJersey, which is an organization created to provide educational resources to undocumented and documented students with undocumented parents yearning to pursue higher education. As Director, she works with the rest of her team to create partnerships with high schools, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other New Jersey-based organizations. They have hosted numerous college fairs and professional development workshops and facilitated or presented at conferences. Not only that, she was recently an intern for Councilman James Solomon in Jersey City, in which she worked closely with local policy and campaign work during the 2020 election. In 2016, she earned two associate degrees from Rowan College at Burlington County, one in Engineering and one in Business Administration. She is finishing her bachelor's as a student at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, majoring in Public Policy and a minor in Women and Gender Studies, both from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Delmy Career: Medicine/PhD My name is Delmy. I was born in Morazan, El Salvador, and I entered the US as a baby in my mother's arms. Being in the US provided various opportunities for my family and opened many doors for me. I received the first high school diploma in my family and am currently a senior in the Bioscience program at Farmingdale State College. My goal is to become an internal medicine physician who also researches preventive medicine. I also want to be able to help anyone I can with any struggles they face in being able to get a higher education. Diana S. Z. Career: Physician Assistant My name is Diana S. Z. I was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to two Peruvian parents. I moved to Peru when I was three and later came to the US after an economic crisis struck our country. I have grown up in a small town in South Jersey. I was able to become DACA the year before going into college. In college, I majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a minor in Jewish Studies. I was fortunate enough to receive many scholarships for my hard work. I graduated in 2020 with hopes to matriculate into Medical school. However, after further analysis, I decided medical school was not right for me. I aspire to be a physician assistant while working as a nursing aide on a cardiology floor in my local hospital. I hope to be able to apply in 2022. Diana F. Career: Medicine, PhD My name is Diana F. I was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I immigrated to the United States at three and grew up in San Jose, California. I’m a third-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Molecular Cell Biology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences. My pre-health career of interest is medicine, and I hope to become a doctor with a specialty in pediatrics, or I’m open to exploring other specialty fields. By pursuing my career, I hope to increase Latino representation in the medical field and be a source of medical assistance for those seeking care. Often undocumented immigrants or those from low socioeconomic backgrounds receive unfair healthcare treatment, inspiring me to one day be a doctor who helps the community. I enjoy trying different coffee shops, going to the beach, exercising, and spending time with my friends and family during my free time. Edy Career: Medicine Biology and Sociology Major at Providence. Interested in advancing diversity and cultural competency in the medical field. Exel Career: Medicine Flavia Career: Medicine I am a Peruvian-born, American-raised, Hispanic-immigrant woman. Attending university as a first-generation American was a privilege denied to many undocumented community members, so I was adamant about making the most of this opportunity. Admittedly, I continued to grapple with the uncertainty of my status and whether it would hinder my ability to pursue internships and apply for jobs. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a dual degree in (1) Biochemistry and (2) Cell Physiology & Neurobiology. Then, I was offered to complete a two-year M.S. program in Bioinformatics held at the University of Maryland sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I was one of two students admitted to this program's inaugural class. I pursued my degrees to silence those who told me I should be afraid, apologetic, and ashamed of my status. But more importantly, these achievements belong to my undocumented community, who I turn to for strength and support at every turn. Flor Career: Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program Hi, my name is Flor. I was born in El Salvador, then moved to Los Angeles, then to Houston and finally came to Richardson for college. I am an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am majoring in Neuroscience with a Business Administrator minor on the premed track. I aspire to contribute to the health field by bridging the gap between what is known and unknown through research and implementing that knowledge to enhance health for all people as a physician. I like to read, do anything fitness-related, and try new things in my free time. I also go by Flower, the English translation of my name. Francisca Career: Exploring Medicine, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Programs My name is Francisca. I'm currently a first-year student at the University of California, Irvine. I'm pursuing a major in biology. I'm passionate about spreading positivity, medicine, cultural awareness, and raising awareness for mental health. I love improving my community and taking action against social injustices. While it is easy to become overwhelmed in the face of societal issues. I always see the world not for what it is but for what it could be. Gabriela ​ Career: Nursing Gabriella Career: Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program My name is Gabriella, and I am originally from Cameroun. Moving to the United States has provided me with numerous possibilities to further my education. I am currently in my last year of undergrad and will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. I enjoy tutoring and mentoring other students of the same background to make education more accessible for all. I hope to gain medical experience to apply to a medical school. I would love to become a physician and specialize in pediatrics. As a physician in the U.S., I hope to go back to the diverse community I grew up in and help eradicate the health disparities that are so prevalent. Giovanny Career: Exploring Medicine, B.S. I'm an undocumented person, trying my hardest to graduate and pursue a career to help save people and advance the scientific industry. Through surgery or scientific/medicinal intervention, I would like to extend and enhance the lives of everyone. Gigi Career: Exploring Medicine, Physician Assistant My name is Gigi, and I immigrated to the US at the age of 1. I have lived in the US for over 21 years, and during that time, I developed a passion for immigration rights. I am currently a DACA recipient and a recent college graduate. Some of my proudest moments have been sharing my story with the New York Times, winning state and national titles in pageantry, and working in the medical field as a therapist for children on the spectrum. Jessica Career: Medicine Hi, my name is Jessica. I was born in Mexico and grew up in Greensboro, NC. I am currently working as a medical scribe at a retina clinic and volunteering as a certified medical interpreter. I graduated from Guilford College with a B.A in Biology and am an aspiring physician. My calling to medicine stems from my desire to be a compassionate provider who raises awareness of preventative medicine and advocates for accessible healthcare, particularly in underserved communities. I love hiking, exploring museums, and being around friends and family in my spare time. Jimena Career: Exploring Medicine, Nursing Jonathan Career: Medicine I am a DACA recipient and have always been passionate about helping others. I studied Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara, and recently, I have decided to pursue medical school and become a pediatrician. After graduating, I continued to work hard through the ranks in the airline industry and achieved the opportunity to become an operations manager for a global airline. As an operations manager, I connect the world through problem-solving. I enjoy working out, spending time with family, and being a jet setter when I am not working. Juana Careers: Exploring Medicine, Postbaccalaureate program, Dentistry, Engineering My name is Juana, and I was born in Jalisco, Mexico. I migrated to the United States when I was eight years old. In 2018 I earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Materials Engineering. Since I graduated, I’ve been fortunate to work in the pharmaceutical industry. My dream is to become a physician and practice in the Inland Empire. I like to ride horses and spend time with my family during my free time. Karen Career: Physician Assistant, Public Health Hello! My name is Karen, I am originally from the beautiful state of Oaxaca, Mexico, but I have lived most of my life in North Carolina. I am a third-year student at Elon University majoring in Public Health and minoring in Biology, Spanish, and Poverty and Social Justice. I aspire to obtain a Master’s in Public Health Studies and Physician Assistant Studies. These degrees will allow me to work in healthcare and provide more culturally appropriate/humble care for Latinx/Hispanic immigrant communities. Overall, I aspire to one day assist immigrant communities by providing quality care at little to no cost! Karla Career: Exploring Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant My name is Karla, and I'm a junior at George Mason University. I hope to graduate in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. I️ want to continue my education by attending a PA program to pursue my dream career of becoming a physician assistant, preferably in general practice or cardiology. Kevin Career: Medicine, Public Health Michael Career: Medicine, PhD, Postbaccalaureate program My name is Michael, and I aspire to serve my community as a physician. I have lived in South Florida since I was five years old after immigrating from Haiti. I completed a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. In my spare time, I love to read and watch basketball. Miriam Career: Medicine, Nursing, Physician Assistant Miryam Career: Medicine, Public Health As a first-generation, low-income Latina immigrant, I have witnessed firsthand how communities like mine have been marginalized and side-lined my entire life. Seeing and experiencing these kinds of injustices make me aware of the shortage of people who look like the community they serve and understand that underserved community. Mughil Career: Medicine My name is Mughil. I was born in India and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. I graduated from the University of Florida with my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. I am currently working as a research technician in molecular biology and am an aspiring physician. I am passionate about improving healthcare access for underserved and immigrant communities. I love reading comics, trying new foods, and spending time with my family in my free time. Nelly Career: Exploring Medicine My name is Nelly, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying biochemistry. I was born in Yucatan, Mexico, but have lived primarily in the United States. I aspire to pursue a career path in clinical research to better understand trends and innovations in biomedicine. I enjoy listening to and writing spoken poetry in my free time, and sometime in the future, I hope to publish my own poetry book! Paloma Career: Medicine Paloma L. is a first-generation student pursuing a Biological Science degree with an emphasis on Molecular Cell Biology at the University of California, Merced. She was born in Mexico and moved to San Pablo when she was six. From a young age, she knew she wanted a medical career, and attending UC Merced has brought her one step closer. She will graduate in Spring 2022 and take two gap years to gain clinical experience before applying to medical school. Her time in the Central Valley exposed her to the health inequities in the region. For example, the doctor shortage. To directly address this issue, she aspires to be a Pediatric Surgeon; her career path will help future generations and improve her community’s health outcomes. She allows her community by volunteering for Golden Valley Health Center and UCSF: Fresno Mobile HeaL to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. Paola Career: Public Health Paola is a Political Science, International Studies & Latin American Studies student at the University of Utah. At the age of 16, she emigrated to the United States. Since then, he has participated in various state organizations dedicated to education, civil rights, immigration, and community leadership. In 2018, she was named Salt Lake City, Utah Youth of the Year, and awarded by the ACLU national organization. Paola is passionate about history and politics, but she is more interested in international law and public health laws. Paola has participated in research for the College of Law and the Faculty of Anthropology. His most recent publication is based on the survival advantage of men in the Baja California peninsula. She did her internship at the Dream Center at the University of Utah to support first-generation students and students of mixed-status. She is currently doing an internship at Communities United, a non-profit organization that offers health and immigration resources for low-income families. Raquel Career: Public Health I am majoring in Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. My pronouns are she/her/Ella. I am passionate about community development and addressing urgent societal issues. I am open to new opportunities to learn and grow my skill set and background, especially regarding on-the-ground organizing with various community members. My public health goal is to make people aware of how our resources impact our overall health and well-being. I hope to one day continue to uplift voices and work to find opportunities and resources for my community by advocating for equality in health care. Thao Career: Medicine, B.S Psychology I'm passionate about learning! I put myself in a wide range of fields of study to explore my interests and skills. I'm looking forward to finding learning opportunities through job offers and hands-on internships. My work and volunteer experience have been circulating community work, youth development, entrepreneurship, and healthcare. I believe that being a college student is my prime time because this is where I will learn the most! Yesica Career: Exploring Public Health, Physician Assistant

  • Awards | PEEP | Pre-Health Dreamers

    The Prizes. The total prize pool for the PEEP Innovation Challenge is currently offering differing awards for first, second, and third place for most innovative solutions to the PEEP Innovative Challenge. 1st Place $ 1500 2nd Place $ 1000 3rd Place $ 500

  • Contact Us| Pre-Health Dreamers

    Contact Us! The Team Click on the member you wish to email Join the Listserv Yadira Ortiz Executive Director Nursing , Dentistry Advocacy Support Licensure Ally Trainings Sponsorship Financial Assistance Background check for SSN Other health-related professional programs Join Flavia Negrete Project Coordinator Licensing, Income Generating options Website Inquiries PHDreamers Rocio Muñante Navarro Program Coordinator Medical School Post Bacc programs , Public Health programs Maria Navarro Program Coordinator PEEP Program Student Network questions Social Media

  • NCC | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Pre-Health Dreamers’ National Community Coalition NATIONAL COMMUNITY COALITION’S (NCC) VISION PHD promotes a culture of inclusion in higher education. Through the NCC annual membership, PHD will work with institutions to establish equitable and holistic resources and processes that support the success of undocumented communities. The NCC seeks to address barriers and empower institutions to establish intentional, streamlined, structured support for undocumented students. Through this project, our team will create champion sites that welcome undocumented individuals and provide essential support and safe and welcoming spaces through: ​ Enrichment assessments Site-specific training Events and regular check-ins Goal setting. ​ PHD wants to enrich your support and services for your students who are undocumented. We will provide training that elevates cultural and structural sensitivity and long-term sustainable solutions. "What an amazing team. We learned so much, both individually and organizationally. I will miss the ongoing consultations but I am thankful for the past year. " 2022-2023 NCC Member NCC Membership Levels $7,500 UNDOCUALLY TRAINING Tailored to your unique institution. All members of the institution are encouraged to attend. DEVELOPING AN UNDOCUSUPPORT SYSTEM ​ Enrichment Assessment of Campus Support for Undocumented Students. Exclusive to the Undocumented Students Task Force. NCC COMMUNITY WEBINARS Enrichment Assessment of Campus Support for Undocumented Students. Exclusive to the Undocumented Students Task Force. ACCESS TO PHD NETWORK Interact with our diverse community . of members tailing nationwide. Learn More

  • Health Care Access | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Health Care Access DACA and Medi-Cal “Enrolling in Medi-Cal means you will have access to health services for FREE or at low cost, including preventative services- like annual check-ups, dental and vision care, and medication.” BUILDING STRONGER CONNECTIONS & A SAFE SPACE FOR UNDOCUMENTED PATIENTS Pre-Health Dreamers' undocu ally training is designed for health professionals and pre-health students. This presentation defines the undocumented community and provides essential national-level data that brings awareness to the needs of this population. Our team will also discuss legislation affecting undocumented and immigrant communities and their access to health care, and how structural competency relates to undocumented immigrants. We will provide ideas for creating a safe clinical space, strengthening the connection between you and your undocumented patients, and developing partnerships that will continue to bring this training to your sites. ​ ​ Please contact for more information and to request a training. Building Stronger Connections & A Safe Space for Undocumented Patients Immigrant Health Community Packet “Thank you to the CA-PIF, Outreach & Communications Workgroup and immigrant community experts for the Immigrant Health Community Packet below!” ​ Please contact to request a presentation. #Health4All “Pre-Health Dreamers has a shared vision of a healthier community, where everyone has access to affordable and quality health care regardless of immigration status. We are committed to collaborating with community partners in the effort to redefine “health” and “health care” for the undocumented immigrant communities, and to advocate for changes in legislation or policies to reach our vision. Documented or undocumented, everyone deserves to be healthy.” How Can Physicians Care and Advocate for Undocumented Immigrants? “About 11 million undocumented people are living in the U.S. today. This is one of the country’s most vulnerable populations because they frequently do not have access to health insurance and can be afraid to present for care. Physicians should understand the ethical issues that arise when supporting and caring for undocumented immigrants, refugees and asylees. “ NILC: Health Care Providers and Immigration Enforcement Know Your Rights, Know Your Patients’ Rights “The threat of increased federal immigration enforcement has raised concerns among immigrant families, some of whom may decide to forego necessary medical services out of fear that they could be putting themselves and their family members at risk. This factsheet provides advice to hospitals, medical centers, community health centers, other health care facilities, and advocates on how to prepare for and respond to (a) enforcement actions by immigration officials and (b) interactions with law enforcement that could result in immigration consequences for their patients.” California Health Care Resources for Undocumented Immigrants from Hispanas Organized for Political Equity (HOPE) “This resource guide provides a comprehensive list of affordable healthcare options. The resource guide includes services rendered, health care provider contact information, and types of fees.”

  • Resources | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Undocumented students may be discouraged from pursuing their educational and professional ambitions if they face obstacles when pursuing health-related degrees. These tools can help you research as you begin the admissions process and seek assistance at your campus and professional program. For more resources, join our community and become active participants. Learn more Resources. Resources Educational Aid For our students and educators Obstacles while pursuing health-related programs can deter undocumented students from pursuing their educational and professional goals. These resources will support your research as you start your admission process and seek support at your campus. Health Care Access For everyone Find health access resources and updates for the undocumented and immigrant community. Learn about Medi-Cal access and find free clinics around your area. Remind politicians that healthcare is a human right! Financial Aid For our students and educators Learn about the financial opportunities such as scholarships, grants, and other funding resources that can be given to undocu-students.

  • Our Journey | Pre-Health Dreamers

    The Founders. Who We Are Timeline April 2012 November 2014 April 2019 January 2022 June 2021 Informally co-founded in 2012 by three undocumented youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. PHD was adopted and became a project of Immigrants Rising.. PHD launched the first annual cohort of the Peer Engagement and Enrichment Program (PEEP), formerly known as Health Professions Advancement Program (HPAP). Pre-Health Dreamers became its own fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives. PHD hosts its 1st Annual Conference "Revolutionizing the Health of Undocumented Communities". PHD launches the National Community Coalition (NCC), a cohort of institutions committed to expanding their support and resources for undocumented individuals by addressing barriers and promoting systemic change. Denisse Rojas, MD, MPP Founder & CEO Denisse Rojas Marquez envisions a health care system where no individual is excluded. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, she and her family had limited health care options and as a result, they would delay treatment for illnesses and use free or subsidized health care. Through these difficult experiences, Denisse was inspired to become a doctor in underserved communities that advocates for all patients and is a leader in shaping health care policies. Denisse was less than a year old when she and her family left Mexico for the United States. As a resident of Fremont, California, her family found new opportunities that enabled Denisse and her two siblings to attend college. Her path, however, had many roadblocks. Due to her status, Denisse was ineligible for financial aid and was often discouraged that school counselors could not offer guidance on her educational goals. Moreover, Denisse was painfully separated from family members who, as a result of stalled policies on immigration, left for Canada. Denisse remained steadfast in her aspirations and graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Sociology and Integrative Biology in 2012. That same year, Denisse co-founded a national organization called Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) to provide advising, resources and advocacy for other undocumented youth like herself. In just a few years, PHD has reached over 800 members in 42 states. Through Denisse’s leadership, the organization co-sponsored legislation to allow California licensing boards to award professional licenses to individuals regardless of immigration status, given all other requirements are met, and engage in institutional advocacy in partnership with other academic groups. She co-authored an article in Academic Medicine that provides guidance on considering DACA recipients for residency positions. As a result of PHD’s advocacy, more health professional programs will consider undocumented students for admission. Denisse has also been a spokesperson for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was created by then President Obama in 2012. Her story has been featured in CNN Money, National Public Radio’s Latino USA, and Forbes magazine recognized Denisse in its ‘30 Under 30’ most influential entrepreneurs in education. For her achievements as a New American and her potential to contribute to American society, Denisse also received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans for up to $90,000 in support for graduate school. Denisse completed her MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and her Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is currently an emergency medicine resident at Boston Medical Center. Denisse has devoted herself to a life of service through direct care, research, and policy to ensure that quality health care is accessible to all underserved communities and higher education is attainable for underrepresented minority students. Co-Founder & Project Board Member Emergency Medicine Resident New Latthivongskorn, MD, MPH Founder & CEO NEW LATTHIVONGSKORN is an immigrant rights & health justice activist, and a family & community doctor. After moving to the U.S. as a child, his family has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Having experienced, first-hand, the alienation and confusion that immigrant families face in attempting to navigate health care systems in the U.S., he became interested with the idea of working to improve health for all marginalized communities. He is a graduate of University of California Berkeley, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a Masters degree in Public Health, and the first undocumented graduate from University of California San Francisco, in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US). Outside of academia, his immigrant rights activism has varied from advocating for policies to expand access to higher education & health care, community-organizing with pre-health career students, and federal reforms. He served as a plaintiff in the successful lawsuit against the Trump administration’s effort to end the DACA program, and has been invited to meet with President Biden as the first guests in his presidency. Now, as a resident physician at San Francisco General Hospital, New continues to engage in work at the intersection of immigrant rights, health & medicine, and culture change. He was named to 2017 Forbes' 30 Under 30 for co-founding Pre-Health Dreamers, an organization that works to support undocumented students pursuing health careers. He was named one of “25 Leaders in Action” by Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), top “10 Asian-Pacific American Influences” by Buzzfeed. New has been recognized for his commitment to social justice and service: the 2017 Excellence in Public Health Award by the U.S. Public Health Service, as well as the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Service and the Thomas N. Burbridge Award. He was the sole recipient of the Gold-Headed Cane for Humanism in his graduating class from UCSF School of Medicine, class of 2019. He is a co-recipient of the national Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare in 2021. Family & Community Medicine, UCSF & Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamers and Project Board Member Angel Ku, Ph.D. Founder & CEO Angel Ku is a Mexican born scientist in the field of precision medicine at Varian’s department of Global Translation Science. His passion to improve the lives of cancer patients has led him to investigate new therapeutic strategies for cancer. His expertise in systems biology has led to him combine both experimental and computational approaches for discovering novel cancer therapeutics. During his graduate and undergraduate career Angel organized with several student-led organization to advocate for access to health careers for undocumented students. He was a co-founder of San Francisco State University’s undocumented student organization and a member of Immigrants Rising Outreach Team. Outside his lab enjoy enjoys riding his bike through California’s beautiful scenery with friends and family. Scientist, Dept. of Genomics & Precision Medicine Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamers

  • Resource: Licensure | Pre-Health Dreamers

    Institutional Guidance: Licensure Academic barriers, such as institutions refusing to admit students based on their immigration status, can present unnecessary stress and challenges to rising students. These guides provide information on how to apply for programs that consider undocumented applicants with temporary benefits, DACA, or other immigration statuses. Professional and Occupational Licensing for Undocumented Students DACA, TPS, non-SSN Th is document details which states provide licensure to rising undocumented health professionals. Both, individuals with and without an SSN are discussed.

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