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Mark Flores

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Bio

I am a first generation college graduate from the University of California San Diego and received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology/Pre-Medicine. This Fall 2021, I will be starting graduate school at the Brown University School of Public Health and working towards a Masters of Public Health in Health Services. My long-term goal is to work in healthcare administration alongside healthcare professionals and community members towards eliminating health disparities among the medically underserved populations.

Education

Brown University

Master's degree program
2021 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Public Health

University of California-San Diego

Bachelor's degree program
2007 - 2013
  • Majors:
    • Psychology, General

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Public Health
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Healthcare Administration

    • UniversityLink Medical Science Program Participant at UC San Diego School of Medicine

      UC San Diego School of Medicine - This program is an initiative designed to assist and support individuals from economically and educationally disadvantaged, underrepresented backgrounds through the educational pipeline.
      2011 – 2011
    • UniversityLink Medical Science Program Peer Counselor at UC San Diego School of Medicine

      UC San Diego School of Medicine - Promoted the participation of students in behavioral and health disparities research, disease prevention, and intervention of culturally appropriate information on health issues that affect underserved populations.
      2012 – 2012
    • Family Medicine & Pediatric Medical Scribe

      Neighborhood Healthcare Community Clinic - Specialize in medical data entry into EMR systems and in instituting efficient workflow process, thus increasing the medical provider's capacity to provide direct patient care.
      2016 – 20171 year
    • Pediatric Otolaryngology & Gastroenterology Medical Scribe

      Rady Children's Hospital - Specialize in medical data entry into EMR systems and in instituting efficient workflow process, thus increasing the medical provider's capacity to provide direct patient care.
      2018 – Present6 years
    • San Diego State University Summer Bridge Program Participant

      San Diego State University Summer Bridge Program - This program is designed to recruit, mentor, and support community college students who are from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.
      2010 – 2010

    Sports

    Wrestling

    Club
    2011 – 20132 years

    Awards

    • UC San Diego Wrestling Club Member

    Wrestling

    Varsity
    2003 – 20074 years

    Awards

    • 2x San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Wrestling Team Member
    • 2007 California State Wrestling Championships Qualifier (Top 25 in State)
    • 2007 League, CIF, Masters Champions & State Runner Ups
    • 2x Poway High Varsity Wrestling Team Member
    • 2007 Poway High Wrestling Team Ranked #15 in the US
    • Kids Freestyle Nationals Wrestling Tournament Qualifier
    • 3rd Place Finisher at California Kids Freestyle State Tournament

    Research

    • UC San Diego Obesity & Diabetes Researcher

      UC San Diego School of Medicine — Goal of our research was in identifying how dysregulation of the stimulation of insulin and its uptake of glucose into myocytes and adipocytes may lead to obesity and diabetes in humans using GLUT4 targeting machinery.
      2011 – 2012
    • UC San Diego Social Psychology Researcher

      UC San Diego Department of Psychology — Research on the interaction between the aspects of emotion, cognition, embodiment, and consciousness. Specifically, how emotional states interact with and further influence complex cognitive processes using behavioral and physiological methodologies.
      2011 – 2012

    Arts

    • Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Spring Valley Community Center After School Program — Tutored elementary school students three times a week who are from disadvantaged, low-socioeconomic backgrounds in math and english. I was able to increase the students' test scores in the classroom setting.
      2012 – 2013
    • Volunteering

      Healing Hearts Across Borders — I provided medical health interventional care for over 3000 patients in a medically underserved community in Tijuana, Mexico as a Spanish medical interpreter, translator.
      2011 – 2015
    • Volunteering

      Scripps Mercy Hospital — I volunteered at Scripps Mercy Hospital and learned how doctors and nurses would care for their patients in an emergency room context.
      2010 – 2011
    • Volunteering

      Hilltop High School Wrestling — I taught the fundamentals of high school wrestling technique needed to excel at the higher level to highschool students and produced a California State Wrestling Championships Qualifier.
      2008 – 2011

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Bervell Health Equity Scholarship
    Growing up in a lower socioeconomic neighborhood, my family and I experienced first-hand many of the conditions that contribute to health disparities and social determinants of health such as poverty, place, and education. For example, I attended educationally disadvantaged schools that lacked the necessary resources needed to ensure a positive educational trajectory and there was a high accessibility to drugs and gang violence in my community. Thus, it is not surprising that we have endured a disproportionate amount of physical and mental health illnesses. For example, in 2008, my grandfather, a non-smoking migrant farm worker, died of a cancerous lung tumor. Furthermore, many of my family members and I have experienced significant barriers to accessing health care such as insurance and language barriers. As such, seeking medical health attention as a child was not a viable option. However, being raised in a low-socioeconomic community provided me the opportunity to not only better understand the importance of receiving medical attention for the medically underserved, but how crucial it is to have a comprehensive understanding of community medicine and an efficient healthcare operation in order to address these disparities properly. My volunteer work through Healing Hearts Across Borders and Scripps Mercy Hospital provided me the opportunity to not only apply my skills as a Spanish medical interpreter, but through gaining an early introduction of the healthcare community among medically underserved patients. The patients I worked with had severe chronic health care issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health complications because there was no emphasis on primary health care and prevention in their community. Furthermore, these disparities are a consequence of the contextual and social barriers that prevent many medically underserved patients from accessing health care. Moreover, my volunteer experience gave me the opportunity to further understand the importance of having the proper and adequate health care goals and initiatives in place to combat these chronic health issues. In conclusion, my disadvantaged upbringing will be used as a strength, particularly as it relates to pursuing my long-term goal of eliminating health disparities amongst the most medically disadvantaged and vulnerable communities through Brown University. My upbringing and hardships will enable me to apply the proper cultural methodologies in providing high quality patient-centered care to the underserved communities and minority populations. Thus, my unique upbringing and personal experiences significantly relate to the person I am, my educational goals, and have culminated to an avid interest in my pursuit to work towards eliminating health disparities among the medically underserved communities. In summary, it would be an honor to be awarded the Bevell Health Equity Scholarship this application cycle. Given my short and long-term professional goals, background, and life experiences, I am highly dedicated to and passionate about providing a high-quality health care approach to the medically underserved populations and healthcare organizations of our nation.