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The CaHPSA Leadership Team

The CaHPSA leadership team consists of the CaHPSA Coordinator, CaHPSA Advisors, and Student CaPA Board Members.

CaHPSA Coordinator – Anali Gutierrez, MPH

Email: anali@cahpsa.org

Anali was born and raised in Mexico, migrating to the United States at the age of 12. She is an alumna of Cal State University, Northridge where she earned a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts as well as a Masters degree in Public Health in Health Education (MPH).

Anali became interested in public health when her grandfather passed away from Alzheimer’s and her family was not educated on the disease. She previously worked as a Service Coordinator for a healthcare agency providing private duty homecare services. Prior to that, she conducted research concerning Pneumococcal Disease in children for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

CaHPSA Advisor – Firooz Kabir, BS/Pre-Med

Firooz’s interest in the health care system was sparked at an early age, when her family’s experiences with the system left her wondering why quality care wasn’t always readily available.

Since then, she has sought out opportunities to learn more about health care and get involved in organizations and community projects geared toward health, education, and justice. She earned her B.S. in General Biology with minors in Human Development and Law & Society from UC San Diego (c/o 2015). Firooz served CaHPSA at UCSD as president from 2013-15 and was the Southern California CaHPSA representative on the California Physicians Alliance (CaPA) Board of Directors (2015-16). Firooz plans to attend medical school to earn an MD/MPH while staying active in efforts to improve the quality of and access to health care.

CaHPSA Advisor - Shruthi Bhuma, BA/Pre-Med

Shruthi Bhuma was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley where she studied Molecular Cell Biology and Ethnic Studies. For over five years, she has worked as a community organizer in the S.F. Bay Area on various issue campaigns regarding tenant protections, immigrant justice, and health access.

Her work with low-income communities has fueled her belief that civic engagement is essential in transforming basic human needs into human rights guaranteed to all. Although the California Health Professional Student Alliance started long before she got involved, Shruthi served as its first official Northern California President from 2010-2011 and has been an active member of the single payer movement ever since.

CaHPSA Advisor - Swathi Bhuma, BA/Pre-Med

Swathi Bhuma is the “older” twin sister of Shruthi. Like her sister, she has been a political and community organizer in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past five years and has worked on various housing, health, and immigration campaigns on the local and state level.

Her work has allowed her to develop extensive experience in community power building, legislative advocacy, and leadership development. She is a native of San Jose, CA and is a proud graduate of the University of California Berkeley where she received a B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology and minor in Ethnic Studies. Her previous leadership positions in CaHPSA include Northern California President, Legislative and Media Coordinator, and Education Coordinator.

CaHPSA Representative on the CaPA Board - Vince Garin, MS Biology (c), B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UC San Diego

Past: CaHPSA at UCSD President 2015-16 Vince is currently pursuing his masters degree in Biology at UCSD where he also received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Prior to becoming a CaPA board student representative, he served as the UCSD CaHPSA President. Since joining CaHPSA, Vince has worked hard to bring students together to learn about health disparities in California and make changes to improve health equity.

He has participated in both the 2015 and 2016 lobby days, and has taken part in a number of legislative visits in the San Diego area. In addition to his activities in CaHPSA, Vince is aspiring to be a practicing physician and is in the process of applying to medical school. He also volunteers in programs focused on aiding the underserved in San Diego.

CaHPSA Representative on the CaPA Board - Josette Mendiola, B.S. Human Biology, Public Health Minor (c) at UC Merced

Josette is passionate about community engagement and health advocacy.

She serves as Vice President of Communication in the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) at UC Merced as well as the Northern California CaHPSA Representative on the board of directors for California Physicians Alliance.

Josette plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health as well as a doctorate in osteopathic medicine.

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