CHIP Alumni

2019-2020 Undergraduate Alumni


Sophia Li is a Public Health transfer student at UC Merced. She worked as an ambassador for the UC Global Health Institute’s Planetary Health Center. She hopes to pursue a joint MPH and MPP, and a Ph.D in Public Health.

2X1A0996Andgielika Sales graduated in 2019. As a citizen of the Philippines, Andgie hopes to return to her home country and use her education to improve the Public Health Department by making nutritional information and resources more accessible to low-income families. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Public Health or Public Administration.


Jessica Hernandez is an undergraduate student majoring in Public Health. Jessica aspires to obtain a Master’s or PhD degree in Health Administration or Public Health. Her ultimate goal is to give back to her community and promote health education to underserved communities.

Jocelyn Acosta HeadshotJocelyn Acosta graduated with a BA in Public Health and minor in Professional Writing in 2020. She previously participated in a fellowship supervised by Dr. Andrea Joyce and interned for the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center. Jocelyn was a Cal-IHEA 2020 Health Equity Scholar. She plans to pursue an MPH degree program.

Jennifer Cisneros is an undergraduate IMG_9555majoring in public health. Her interests include nutritional discrimination and removing misinformation among low-income communities in the Central Valley. She interned with the California Health Collaborative for Tobacco Control in Madera. After graduating, she plans to focus on health education and community outreach.


Jesus Fraire graduated with a major in Public Health in 2020. He obtained his Associate of Arts from East Los Angeles College. Through research, he discovered a passion for health policy, law, and social justice. He plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy and work in LA County to help others understand the legal system.

Emily Rosas graduated with a BA in Public Health and aPhoto-EmilyRosas minor in History (2020). She previously interned with the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing and assisted in public health research with both the Translational Research Center and the CHIP Lab. She hopes to attend graduate school with the goal of working in the environmental policy field.


Salvador Lopez graduated with a BA in Public Health in 2019. In the CHIP lab, he helped to identify county-level recreational cannabis policies in other states. He works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for ÓRALE COVID-19 Organizaciones para Reducir, Avanzar y Lograr Equidad contra el COVID-19 (Organizations to Reduce, and to Advance, and Lead for Equity against COVID-19) at UC Davis. He hopes to obtain an MPH to help vulnerable populations. 


2017-2018 Undergraduate Alumni


Maria Rivas Reyes graduated with a major in Public Health (2019). She previously conducted research on health care access among Mexican immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley, and is passionate about addressing adverse health outcomes for vulnerable populations. She plans to work in health policy and health education before graduate school.


Jovo Velasco graduated with a major in Public Health and minor in Psychology (2019).  He previously worked with the San Joaquin Public Health Department and University of the Pacific to address health disparities among Latinos with diabetes. He is a graduate student in USC’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.

AkhilaAkhila Yechuri graduated with a BA in Public Health in 2018. Her interests include health policy and human rights issues. She was the recipient of a Fulbright- Nehru Research Award to conduct research on health disparities among Hindu and Muslim women and plans to pursue a J.D./M.P.H.