Community Health Scholars

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The Community Health Scholars is a 6-week summer program in which students receive a comprehensive understanding of Health & Wellness. We create a classroom culture that is inclusive to all identities of students participating and that students feel safe and unjudged in asking questions and participating in class discussions. This is a research and guidance program, in which students construct a research project to understand a curriculum topic within their community. They also develop a community outreach project, in which the Central Valley Scholars Health & Wellness team aid scholars in connecting with community organizations and already existing resources. At the end of the program, we host a Community Health Awareness Week in which the scholars will present their research projects and the $500 prize winner will be selected! 

Program director and 


Angie Casarez (She/Her)

Angie Casarez is a rising third-year undergraduate student at Stanford University. Angie is originally from a rural ranching community west of Dallas called Millsap, where she attended high school. She is majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Reproductive Health & Justice and a minor in Sociology. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in medicine and community health advocacy. She has participated in biological research projects at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. Some of her health interests include community-based participatory research, clinical research, and social disparities in healthcare.  

Read Our Community Health Scholar 2020 Winner's Article

2020 Community Health Scholars' 


Robert's (he/him) project was on PrEP awareness and access in Fresno County 

Sydni's (she/her) project was on Long Term Health and the Emotional Healing of BIPOC

Christina's (she/her) project was on mental health barriers in the Central Valley.  

Vera's (she/her) project was on consent & healthy relationships in the Central Valley. 

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