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Our Team

Advisory Board

Weena Joshi, M.D.

Chief Faculty Advisor & Clinical Director

Weena Joshi, MD

Weena Joshi is a pediatrician at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego and Faculty at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Weena has been with the International Health Collective since its inception and her experience and guidance has allowed IHC to become what it is today.

Jia Shen, MD, MPH

Faculty Advisor & Clinical Director

Jia Shen, MD, MPH

Jia Shen is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in the treatment and prevention of heart disease. As an assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Shen’s research interests include cardiac rehabilitation, global burden of cardiovascular disease and risk factors, distribution of cardiovascular health services in low-resource settings, and biomarkers in cardiovascular disease.

Board of Directors

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Cristina is a recent graduate from UCSD with a Molecular and Cell Biology major and a Spanish Literature minor. In her free time Cristina loves to play video games, read, go to the beach, and birdwatching. One of the major reasons she loves IHC is the focus on community based healthcare and the relationships she has made through the organization. She has worked as a member of both the Pharmacy team and Sex Education team, and more recently as Co-Clinic Director of the Tijuana-Progreso Clinic. As Vice President, she wishes to continue supporting both board and general members, as well as strengthening our ties with our clinics down in Mexico.

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Vice President

Jay is a 4th year student at UCSD studying neurobiology and pursuing medical research in pancreatic and appendix cancer treatment. His goal is to become a medical doctor practicing in a hospital setting. When he is not studying or in the lab you can find him basketball on the basketball court, or listening to podcasts and audiobooks. He joined IHC because he was drawn by the organization's commitment to alleviate health care disparities in the local SD community as well as communities across the border. He was specifically interested in the organization's trans-border impact and became more involved in those activities by assuming the role of Virtual Clinic Project manager over the past year. As the next director of TJ Clinic he would like to continue IHC’s commitment to provide healthcare services to the TJ progreso community while providing meaningful experiences to IHC student members. As a leader, he believes that it is his responsibility to mediate relationships between our members and recruited healthcare


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Vice President

Jackie is a fourth year Human Biology major and Global Health minor at UCSD. She aspires to become a physician and work with underserved communities and kids. She was drawn to IHC’s mission in emphasizing sustainability when it comes to providing healthcare. Jackie is passionate in expanding access to quality healthcare and alleviating health disparities through education, and hopes to make a large impact in medicine through these avenues. As a leader, she hopes to empower individuals to make lasting change through connection and constant growth. In her free time, Jackie enjoys exploring new places, playing piano/guitar, lounging at coffee shops, and reading. At the heart of everything she does, Jackie enjoys fostering one-on-one connections, so feel free to strike up a conversation if you see her!

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Neal is a 3rd year undergraduate biochemistry student at UCSD. Pursuing a biochemistry degree with a pre-medical track, his ultimate goal is to become a physician and provide assistance to those in need. Neal has extensive experience as an EMT and currently works as a radiology assistant, giving him a unique perspective on patient care. He is passionate about alleviating health disparities in underserved areas, including the TJP community and harm reduction in downtown San Diego. Neal is dedicated to using his skills alongside IHC's mission to provide accessible and equitable healthcare. 


Director of Social Media & Marketing

Joseph is a second-year Human Biology major at UCSD. He aspires to become a physician and emphasizes the value of caring for his local community. IHC's mission to advance sustainability and provide resources for a diverse population inspired Joseph to assume involvement in IHC. He has been with IHC for a year, participating in the Nutrition and Fitness Project and Clinic Project. These experiences taught him that being present for people at their lowest moments, while also providing culturally sensitive care is an essential part of health. He is committed to providing people with a support system where they can find refuge when they are most vulnerable while sincerely empowering them to combat life's
challenges. As Director of Social Media and Marketing, he hopes to advance IHC’s outreach on and off campus to foster leaders striving to serve their community.

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Director of Community Health Worker Program

Mohnish is an incoming third year majoring in human biology. He plans on applying to medical school and eventually becoming a physician focusing on either family medicine or internal medicine. He was previously the project manager of the orphanage project and worked to create education workshops for the children at the orphanage. Mohnish joined IHC because he loved the supportive environment IHC has created with its members and their goal to help underserved populations. He aims to contribute creative ideas that can hopefully expand IHC’s network and connections.

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Director of Local Action

Stacey recently graduated from UCSD with her B.S. in Neurobiology. In her free time, Stacey enjoys walking her dog, trying different recipes, and finding new food spots. As one of the Directors of Local Action, Stacey hopes to propel IHC's sustainability mission by working with varying projects to create long-lasting, positive change in the San Diego community. 

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Director of Local Action

Han is a third-year Human Biology major and Education Studies minor at UCSD. She hopes to apply to PA school for primary care while also continuing her passion working with youth in STEM education. As Director of Local Action, Han supports several IHC project managers to help them be successful in their efforts of tackling several San Diego Community needs. Since joining IHC during her sophomore year, Han appreciates how being part of IHC allows her to learn more about the significance of community systems in establishing healthcare, and enjoys being a part of a team that’s creating a long-lasting impact. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, working on Seventh College Student Council, and watching baseball!

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Administrative Director

Ramya is an incoming third-year Human Biology major and Psychology minor at UCSD. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, meeting new people, watching Criminal Minds with her family, and eating Thai food. She hopes to apply to medical school and become a physician focusing on pediatric or neonatal care, while also continuing her passion to teach others about the importance of sexual education. She joined IHC because she truly resonated with IHC's mission to alleviate health disparities in underserved communities and because of IHC's culturally sensitive approach to providing healthcare. In her first year at IHC, she served as the Sex Education Project Manager, and was driven to take on a more involved role as Administrative Director. As a leader, her goal is to empower others to make an impact in underserved communities through IHC's various projects and help them become leaders themselves.

Director of San Juanico

Cecilia graduated from UCSD with a BS in Molecular Biology and hopes to work with underserved populations as a primary care provider in the future. She has been involved with IHC for more than 3 years, and has served as Virtual Clinic Lead and Fundraising Chair in the past. Cecilia was initially drawn to IHC because of its focus on sustainable and holistic care for the communities it serves, but stayed because of the inspiring students and volunteers she met. As Director of San Juanico Clinic, she hopes to make healthcare more equitable in all regions, but especially rural and vulnerable communities. In her free time, you can find Cecilia enjoying the outdoors (with lots of sunscreen!) or gardening with her mom.

Director of San Juanico

Joy is  a third year Global Health major. She transferred to UCSD from MiraCosta Community College in the Fall of 2021. She is pursuing a career in medicine with a focus on women's health with hopes to be an OB-GYN. She has been with IHC for a year now participating in the Orphanage Project and volunteering for Clinic in TJ. Joy is excited to take on her new role as Co-Clinic Director of San Juanico, and she looks forward to being a part of the clinic and practicing her Spanish while engaging with the local community. In her free time she enjoys reading, going on walks with my dog, or cooking!


Zach graduated with a BS in Human Biology from UCSD and is currently studying to receive his MA  in Global Health. He aspires to be a physician that emphasizes the role of health journalism and its representation within transnational health initiatives. He has been a part of IHC for two years, where he spent most of his time as a translator for the clinics in Tijuana. As the journalist this year he hopes to document, highlight, and celebrate the innovative health outreach IHC has in store this cycle. In his free time, he makes food reels for his Instagram, check him out @zaqmanalo

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Director of TJP Clinic

Hailey graduated with degrees in both Biochemistry and Global Health. She aspires to pursue emergency medicine and hopes to continue getting involved in global health projects to promote health equity in the local communities and the global world. Hailey joined IHC because she wanted to be part of this team who are passionate about helping others and creating a positive and lasting impact on people in the local and global community.  She was previously one of the project managers of the Clinic Project and worked to facilitate the monthly hybrid clinic visits and assisted in quarterly vitals and scribe training sessions.  Hailey is honored to be the Director of TJP Clinic and she hopes to contribute by creating an interactive and comfortable environment where patients feel at home.  Besides medicine, Hailey is interested in learning about different cultures and languages. She hopes to explore the world, meet people, and learn about different cultures.

Director of Pharmacy

Eric is a recent graduate with degrees in Neurobiology/Music and Psychology minor from UCSD. He aspires to be a surgeon. In his free time, Eric loves to try out new restaurants, play video games/music, and watch anime. He has been part of several IHC projects since his second year at UCSD. As pharmacy director, Eric oversees the pharmacy in IHC’s monthly clinics in Tijuana, organizes pharmacy inventory, and assists with some IHC projects. One of his favorite IHC memories involves going in-person to IHC’s fully-packed clinics before the pandemic. He strives to continue to serve and support the San Diego-Tijuana community alongside other members.

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