Student Spotlight

Here we highlight our students at UCLA and partner institutions who are engaged in research and/or practice to improve the health status of women, infants, children, and their families. 


Virginia Reyes

 Virginia Reyes is a second-year Masters in Public Health student in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Virginia is currently a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the UCLA Child & Family Health Leadership Program. Her interests are nutrition, food environments, maternal and child health, and equal access to healthcare and health insurance for underserved communities. 

October 3, 2022

Joni Brown

Joni Brown is a third-year PhD student in Health Psychology. Her research interest is in psychosocial and sociocultural factors affecting the physical and mental health of Black women, especially concerning maternal and reproductive health. Joni first became interested in research during college when she took Research Methods in Psychology.

April 1, 2022

Leonides Catarino

Leonides Catarino is a 3rd-year undergraduate student majoring in Biology. He is the first to go to college in his family and is applying to medical school this cycle. His roles include UC-LEND & All Brains Care Coach and undergraduate researcher, where he investigates immune responses using nanoparticles. He also enjoys practicing kickboxing and mixed martial arts. 

April 1,  2022

Anthony Sandoval

Anthony Sandoval is from Santa Ana, California. He is currently pursuing a Psychobiology major with a minor in Chicano Studies at UCLA. He hopes to attend UCI’s School of Medicine and eventually attain a career in Pediatric Neurosurgery. Over the weekends, he enjoys teaching Karate classes at the community’s local youth center.

January 20,  2022

Samantha (Sam) Macam

Samantha (Sam) Macam is a 2nd year MPH-MSW dual degree student in the Community Health Sciences department, with a social welfare concentration in Child & Family Well-Being. Her commitment to striving for health equity and social justice is evident in her professional interests and goals. She is currently a social work intern at New Heights Charter School, providing individual sessions for K-8 students targeting socioemotional learning, coping, and grief counseling.

January 20, 2022

Catherine Cortez

Catherine Cortez is a 2nd year MPH student in the Epidemiology department at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She was introduced to the maternal & child health field while interning at First 5 California during her last year of undergraduate studies at University of California, San Diego. In addition to her public health coursework, this experience fueled her interest and passion for the field and its health equity-oriented, lifecourse approach to improving the health and well-being of children and families. 

October 8, 2021

Ada Chung

Ada Chung is a 3rd-year undergraduate majoring in Political Science and minoring in Disability Studies. She joined PSHP during her first year as a part of the 2019-2020 cohort. She is excited to see how she can combine her experiences with patient care to make changes at the policy level in hopes of improving health care for immigrants and individuals with disabilities. She leads UCLA All Brains and the undergraduate division of the Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative this upcoming year. 

October 8, 2021

Andrea Renteria

Andrea Renteria is a recent MPH graduate and MCH Fellow. She is passionate about adolescent health and maternal and infant outcomes for BIPOC. Andrea is currently continuing her work with the Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health while looking for jobs in reproductive or maternal health. She plans to apply to Ph.D. programs in the fall with the goal of working in higher education.

July 12, 2021

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Lupercio

Elizabeth (Lizzy Lupercio) is a 2nd-year MPH Community Health Sciences student at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and is the Service Program Chair for MCH SIG. She serves as a Community Health Consultant at Hillsides and works as a Study Coordinator for UCLA Health to assess the impact of COVID-19 on children with special healthcare needs, which supports her passion for helping youth in high-need communities. 

April 6, 2021

Jennifer Lenghong

Jennifer Lenghong is a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Biochemistry at UCLA. She learned about PSHP through its sister SCOPE organization, YEP, and joined during her sophomore year. In addition to balancing school work, she enjoys interacting with individuals whether they are patients of the LEND Clinic or employed by film productions.

April 6, 2021