Introduction Hi, my name is Robi Bucayu. I am a dual MD/MPH student, currently enrolled in my 1st year of the Masters degree in Public Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH). I am passionate about health care access and LGBTQ+ health. My previous position working in the San Francisco Department of Public Health in STD Prevention and Control gave me invaluable skills in culturally sensitive community outreach, event organizing, and client advocacy. More importantly, it served as the pivotal moment when I realized my passion for serving in public health and championing LGBTQ+ rights, especially when it comes to health care. After I earn my MD and my MPH degree, I plan to match into either pediatrics or family medicine residency. Ultimately, I aim to work as a Director and Health Officer of a public health department, such as that of Los Angeles County, and become a voice for communities experiencing health care disparities.
The Problem As FSPH students in public health, we learn how to investigate and diagnose health problems and hazards in the community, mobilize partnerships, and develop appropriate policies and programs. We have an opportunity this summer to apply these skills into real-life situations through meaningful fieldwork internships, which may not have funding available. Under departmental guidance, we have the freedom to choose where we want to go, what kind of impact we want to make, and what communities we want to serve, including the LGBTQ+, the uninsured, the homeless population, or victims of sex trafficking, to name a few. These internships serve as useful practicum experiences that will prepare us to become public health professionals going out in the world to make a difference.
The Solution Your donation will go towards funding summer fieldwork fellowships that will enable FSPH students to apply their skills to serve communities in need, both in Los Angeles and all over the world. The impact of your donation is as limitless as the diverse interests and passions of each and every one of our FSPH students.