The CaHPSA Leadership Team

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

CaHPSA Coordinator – Firooz Kabir, UC San Diego

Email: [email protected]

Firooz’s commitment to health care justice evolved from her personal experiences. She grew up in Los Angeles after immigrating to the United States from Bangladesh. Motivated by her family’s challenging experiences with the American healthcare system, she embraced health care as a human right and sought opportunities to advocate for reform and health justice.

She found that opportunity through CaHPSA with which she has been actively engaged for five years. She co-founded the UC San Diego CaHPSA chapter in 2013 and served as its president for two years. (The chapter continues as one of our most active ones.) From 2015-2016, Ms. Kabir was the Southern California CaHPSA Representative on the CaPA Board of Directors, after which she completed the CaHPSA Shearer Student Internship. She has continued to support CaHPSA, up to present, as an advisor on the statewide leadership team.

Firooz has a Bachelor’s degree in General Biology with minors in Law and Human Development from UC San Diego. She aspires to earn an MPH and MD.

CaHPSA Ambassador – Michelle Crespo, MD, MPH

Family Medicine Resident, PGY-3

California Hospital Medical Center

CaHPSA Ambassador – Keyon R. Aceves Mitchell, MD, MSW

OB-GYN Intern, PGY-1

UC Davis Medical Center

CaHPSA Ambassador - Marie Schow, OMS-3

Medical Student

Touro University California

CaHPSA Advisor - Shruthi Bhuma, UC Berkeley

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, UC Berkeley

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 Advisor - Vince Garin, 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 Advisor - Sharon Lee

Medical Student

California Northstate University

CaHPSA Advisor - Matthew Musselman, OMS-4

Medical Student

Touro University California

CaHPSA Advisor - Justin Nguyen, OMS-4

Medical Student

Touro University California

CaHPSA Advisor - Jessica Osorio, MS-3

MD/MPH Student

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

CaHPSA Advisor - Melanie Valentin

Keck Graduate Institute

CaHPSA Representative on the CaPA Board - Dahlia Chavez

CSU Chico

NorCal Student Representative

CaHPSA Representative on the CaPA Board - Soham Mhatre

UC Santa Barbara

SoCal Student Representative

CaHPSA Media Editor - Eduardo Martin

UC Davis

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