Region 5

August 26, 2019

Rachel was born just outside Los Angeles on the border with Orange County, CA and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2018 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies with a minor in Health Care Studies. Rachel is an incoming first year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her time at USC, Rachel conducted endocrinology research longitudinally in Dr. Steven Mittelman’s Leukemia and Obesity Lab at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, specifically investigating the role of TNF-alpha in acute lymphoblastic leukemia induced adipocyte lipolysis. On campus, Rachel was selected to participate in the Warren Bennis Scholars Program which is an ethics-based honors program designed for proven student leaders to hone their skills through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and coursework. As a USC Helene, Rachel actively engaged with the local community in weekly service events including volunteering with the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. She also worked with the Director of Continuity Care for the MLK Outpatient Center to develop and run the LA County Health Educator Volunteers (LA-CHEV), a program that connects USC students with Department of Health Services primary care clinic sites; the students serve as health educators, advising clients on smoking cessation, healthy food and exercise, diabetes management, cancer screening and vaccinations. In her free time, Rachel enjoys cooking, playing pick-up volleyball, and hanging out with family and friends.