Justin is a Sacramento native deeply passionate about the health disparities that are so pervasive in disenfranchised and marginalized communities. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2017, where he majored in public health. He then worked as a community health worker in the Sacramento region where he worked to alleviate some of the barriers to optimal health that underserved communities face daily, such as food and income insecurities, housing, transportation, and access to health and dental care. Justin is a currently a student at The Ohio State College of Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, exercising and spending time with family and friends.
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It is difficult to describe a phenomenon that you are unsuspecting of. In my own experience, this was the realization of numerous layers of heal disparities within the Asian-American community during my undergraduate studies. Exposure to research citing the higher risk of chronic diseases validated my own anecdotal experience of my community. However, the aggregation of millions of persons with unique cultures and histories to a single classification further disparage specific communities. In some cases, this broad classification shrouds the experiences of underrepresented communities, denying them the support needed to lead healthier lives
Being Yonsei, a fourth-generation Japanese-American, whose own disparities vastly differ on the scale of privilege from other Asian- ethnicities and subgroups, there is a need to advocated for a healthier future for underrepresented Asian-Americans. I hope the Why The Gap serves as an essential resource to address the gaps within our growing communities and helps us reach health equity and justice.
I first became aware of the discrepancies in health care while working as an EMT. Seeing the world through the perspective of my patients had is high points, but the low points were often daunting. While I was aware the were some disparities, seeing it first-hand lit a fire inside me to strive to help people in similar positions. Utilizing my skills to decipher research that may benefit people is a passion of mine, and I intend to shed light on these issues and do my part to close the gap.
I believe understanding information in the medical field should not be a luxury, but something easy to access for all that seek it. Preventative measure, nutritional facts, vaccines, and much more should be information that is understood by the masses and specifically those who it negatively affects at a higher rate. As a Hispanic and African American, I feel it is necessary to help our fight for a healthier future and I am hopeful Why The Gap can help serve that purpose.