Urban Health: Hidden Figures in Health (Los Angeles)
The United States has some of the most advanced health care and best trained physicians in the world, but is saddled with one of the worst health care delivery systems of comparable nations. Along with policy problems, the country’s residents are burdened with multiple issues that contribute to some of greatest health disparities in the world. The Urban Health trip will focus on the compounding factors and effects on health in the South Los Angeles area. We will address topics such as housing inequality, food deserts, and women’s reproductive rights, and the effects that these factors have on LGBTQ, homeless, undocumented, and racial groups throughout Los Angeles.
Break Leader BiosJoanny Leyva
Joanny Leyva is a first-generation college student and daughter of two immigrant parents from Guerrero, Mexico. She is a fourth year, Ethnic Studies scholar who hopes to pursue work in Public Policy. In order to finance her studies, she works with individual elementary schools students to develop their reading literacy. As a grey asexual Xicana from Los Angeles, she is interested in exposing the importance of employing an intersectional lens to community concerns. She will be leading the Urban Health trip to South L.A. Her goal is to effectively lead a trip to L.A. with an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students interested in learning about the complexities of urban health. Community partners for the trip work to combat: housing and food insecurity, negative effects of environmental issues, lack of comprehensive care available, and transphobic health care. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and going on existential rants.Isabella Morfe
Hi! My name is Isabella Morfe. I’m a current Sophomore with an intended Business Administration and Global Studies double major. I love playing golf, and I have my black belt in karate! I also love finding new restaurants and visiting new places. I’ll be co-leading the Urban Health trip this semester, and I’m super excited to get started! I decided to lead this trip because I went on it last year and everything my team did and saw really impacted me and made me want to take more of a leadership role with it. Studying health disparity and all of the complex factors that go along with it is one of my passions, and I’m excited to share it with all of you!