MMA Foundation Awards Funds to 12 Medical Students for Health Equity Projects 

The MMA Foundation has awarded scholarship grants to 12 medical students through its Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Fund.  All of the projects funded through this program address health disparities and health equity.

Beatriz Vega, Patrick Duggan, Maria Astudillo, Liset Falcon, and Alex Antezana received a grant to implement a vaccination program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic in Worthington. The clinic provides free medical care to a largely uninsured patient population. Everyone on the project team is a second-year student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. 

Sofia Hanson, Cristina Salinas, and Derrick Lewis were awarded a grant to evaluate the social determinants of health (SDOH) screening and referral in a free clinic setting. This work is will identify optimal mechanisms for SDOH screening and systems for connecting patients with resources. All are second-year medical students at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Sylvia Blomstrand will use her MMA Foundation grant to explore disparities in health care delivered to patients who are deaf or who have disabling hearing deficits. Blomstrand plans to use her research to improve how physicians work with this underserved population. She is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. 

Arman Shahriar received a grant to describe the relationship between self-identified race/ethnicity and intended method of medical school financing. The goal of his project is to determine whether there are racial and/or ethnic differences in the intended method of medical school financing. Shahriar is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. 

Laura Maciejko and Liset Falcon Rodriguez won a grant to implement Mente Sana Cuerpo Sano/Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies, an annual adult education program started at The Center Clinic in Dodge Center. The Center Clinic is a volunteer-driven clinic that specializes in reproductive help. The second-year students from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine will use the project reach the vulnerable Latinx population with information about navigating the healthcare system and improving their health and wellness.

If you are interested in learning more about the Friedman-Bowen Primary Care Scholarship Program or the MMA Foundation’s other initiatives, email Kristen Gloege.