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 Meet the 2014 UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars

The UCLA Blum Center has selected six outstanding students for the second iteration of our upcoming summer program. These scholars will perform research throughout Latin America that will make important contributions to advancing health equity and outcomes.


 

We are pleased to announce the 2014 UCLA Blum Summer Scholars:

 

Luis Artieda, MA Latin American Studies/MURP'14 

Site: Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative, Panama City, Panama

Project: Office of Monitoring and Evaluation

Luis Artieda is a dual Masters in Latin American Studies and Urban & Regional Planning candidate placed at the Inter-American Development Bank offices located in Panama City, Panama and work specifically with the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative. He will assist their office of monitoring and evaluation in analyzing projects, operation objectives, and their results within the countries involved in the initiative.

 


 

 

Allyn Auslander, MPH'15 

Site: Institute for Mexican Social Security, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Project: Risk factors associated with development of liver disease

Allyn Auslander is a Masters of Public Health candidate, with a concentration in Epidemiology. Allyn will be placed at the Institute of Mexican Social Security, Epidemiology and Health Services Unit in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She will focus on the association between certain risk factors and elevated ALT levels, and the effect these factors have on the risk of developing liver disease over time. 

 

 


 

Ana Mascareñas, MPH'15 

Site: Friends New England, Leon, Nicaragua and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-León

Project: Examining decision making processes for seeking emergency services and care options in Northwest Nicaragua

Ana Mascareñas is a Master of Public Health candidate with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences. She will be placed at Friends New England, in Leon, Nicaragua and will work on a study that explores the decision making process for seeking emergency services and the emergency care options in Northwest Nicaragua. This data will assist in improving the emergency care system, and ideally contribute to the strengthening of emergency care systems in other rural areas on Latin America. 

 


 

Erik Peña, MA Latin American Studies/MPH'15                          

Site: Friends New England, Nicaragua and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-León

Project: Examining decision making processes for seeking emergency services and care options in Northwest Nicaragua

Erik Peña is a dual Masters in Latin America Studies and Masters of Public Health candidate with a concentration in Community Health Sciences. He will be placed at Friends New England, located in Leon, Nicaragua. Through this site, Erik will work on a study that will explore the decision making process for seeking emergency services and the emergency care options in Northwest Nicaragua. This data will assist in the improvement of an emergency care system, which can be replicated in other rural areas in Latin America. 

 


 

Clint van Sonnenberg, PhD Political Science candidate 

Project: Investigating the socioeconomic and political barriers for Peruvian recipients of reparations following the country's civl war

Site: Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru.  

Clint van Sonnenberg is currently a PhD Political Science candidate. He will spend his summer at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. Through this university, he will participate in investigating the socioeconomic and political barriers for Peruvians when receiving reparations following the country's 20-year civil war and subsequent transition to democracy. 

 


 

 

Jennifer Zelaya, MPH/MSW'15 

Site: Friends New England, Leon, Nicaragua and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-León

Project: Strengthening delivery of services for women who have experienced intimate partner violence

Jennifer Zelaya is a Masters of Public Health and Masters of Social Welfare candidate with concentrations in Community Health Sciences and Mental Health. Jennifer will be placed in Leon, Nicaragua with the non-profit organization, Friends New England. She will assist in the implementation of a project that aims to find gaps in services for women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Jennifer will participate in a research team that will lead focus groups with stakeholders and community members in Leon to assess needs and develop potential service ideas for future program planning.  

 

 

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