Our Team

Advisory Board

Weena Joshi, M.D.

Chief Faculty Advisor & Clinical Director

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 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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President & CEO

Maddie graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and hopes to one day become a Physician Assistant so she can continue to create sustainable approaches to improve health in underserved communities. Maddie went to a bilingual elementary school where Spanish became a very important part of her life early on. As President, she strives to practice the skills she has learned to alleviate health disparities while utilizing her love for the Spanish language simultaneously. In the next year, she hopes to expand IHC to reach greater populations in need amid and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic with the help of other passionate students in the San Diego area.

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Co-Vice President & CFO

Kylie graduated from UCSD with a BS in Physiology & Neuroscience and has been involved in IHC for 4 years. She hopes to work with underserved populations as a physician one day. What first drew her to IHC was the comprehensive and sustainable approach to creating equity in healthcare, as well as the passionate members whose dedication to service allows IHC to create lasting changes both abroad and locally. As a leader, Kylie hopes to help empower other members to become more involved and share their ideas to expand IHC and serve more communities in need.

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Co-Vice President

Vickie is a recent graduate with a degree in Human Biology B.S. and Law and Society minor at UCSD. She aspires to be an optometrist and is currently applying to optometry schools. Vickie is passionate about reducing healthcare inequities and using health education as a form of empowerment. After becoming involved with IHC during the beginning of her freshman year, Vickie was motivated to contribute to IHC's unique perspective of holistic health approaches focused on sustainability and community involvement, so feel free to ask her questions about IHC! In her spare time, she enjoys staying up-to-date and writing about scientific breakthroughs, as well as running long distance.

Secretary

Flora is a third year Biochemistry/Chemistry major and Global Health minor at UCSD. She was drawn to IHC's mission of providing sustainable healthcare to underserved populations and the organization's commitment to education and spreading awareness about health-related topics/issues. As a leader of IHC, Flora hopes to help expand IHC's outreach further by building their network and collaborating with other pre-health/medical organizations on and off-campus as well as getting more graduate/professional school students connected with IHC. In the future, she aspires to become a physician as well as a clinical professor in order to support, mentor, and encourage students to take action in helping alleviate disparities in underserved communities. In addition to being a part of IHC, Flora also served as a Supplemental Instruction leader for the Teaching + Learning Commons at UCSD where she found a strong interest in working with other students.  

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Administrative Director

Lynn is a fourth year Human Biology major and Environmental Systems minor at UCSD. She plans on pursuing a career in medicine. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, cooking, and spending time outdoors doing activities such as camping, hiking, and sightseeing. Lynn joined IHC because of their mission to alleviate disparates in the San Diego - Tijuana region by providing sustainable healthcare and resources to the communities that they serve. As a leader and member of IHC, Lynn hopes to contribute innovative and creative ideas to further the way IHC provides healthcare and builds rapport with the communities IHC works with. Through her support in climate action policies and sustainable development goals, she strives to one day bridge the gap between the effects of climate change and healthcare in underserved communities.

Director of Social Media & Marketing

Jasmine graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology.  She was drawn to IHC because of its mission to create lasting change while working with the community they serve. Through IHC, Jasmine found that she is passionate about being an advocate for others and hopes to continue to uplift communities in the future as a physician. As a leader, Jasmine is excited to work alongside other dedicated members to make meaningful connections with the communities we serve. In her spare time, you can find her watching dramas, stuffing herself with food, and playing with her dogs.

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Director of Community Health Worker Program

Janneiry graduated UCSD as a Human Biology major and Global Health minor, striving to be a Pediatrician. When she has down time, she loves watching movies, binge-watching shows, and practicing her photography skills. Janneiry strongly believes in IHC's role of being an advocate for communities that have a lack of access to healthcare in order to help alleviate disparities. As a leader of IHC, Janneiry hopes to continue to build relationships with the community we currently serve, as well as expand to other communities, in order to close the gaps in healthcare access and achieve sustainability. Through education, empowerment, and passion, Janneiry believes that IHC will pave the way for making healthcare more equitable in the communities IHC serves.

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Director of Community Health Worker Program

Veronica is a recent UCSD graduate with a BS in General Biology, pursuing a career in medicine. She was drawn to IHC because of the mission to provide sustainable care and uplift underserved communities with resources, holistic care, and beyond.  Veronica envisions that IHC will expand the network of community health workers and continue to provide resources to better the overall health and well-being of the communities abroad. As she pursues her career, she will lead with the goal of providing equitable healthcare for underrepresented communities. She was a part of the Food Recovery Project last year and partnered with the Triton Food Pantry and Bannister House. Veronica also worked with the Nutrition Project and San Juanico team to develop a presentation about proper nutrition.

Director of Local Action

Claire is a fourth year Bioengineering: Biotechnology major at UCSD, as well as an aspiring physician-scientist intending to pursue a career in cardiology. She initially joined IHC to learn more about practicing culturally competent medicine, and stayed on to help realize IHC’s mission of equitable healthcare for patients on both sides of the border. As Director of Local Action, she hopes to expand the reach of domestic IHC initiatives to better serve the needs of the local San Diego community.

Director of TJP Clinic

Cristina is an incoming 4th year at 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 go 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 wishes to share her experiences  with the rest of IHC. As Clinic Director, she hopes to build upon and strengthen our relationships with the Tijuana Progreso community while improving her Spanish and other communication skills.

Director of TJP Clinic

Lauren is a recent graduate from UCSD with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology major at UCSD. She is striving to be an OBGYN in both low resource and global medicine. Lauren is very passionate about using human-centered design to innovate treatment so it is more representative of the communities being served. She has been a member of IHC since her first year of college and strongly believes in the organization's holistic approach to medicine. As a leader of IHC, she hopes to work with aspiring pre-health students to apply their individual skills to help educate, collaborate, and innovate work done with partnering communities. Through empowerment of students and community partners, Lauren believes IHC will become a space for healthcare to become more equitable.

Director of Pharmacy

Victoria is a recent graduate from the BS/MS program at UCSD, specialized in human reproduction. She enjoys cooking and playing with her two bunnies. As the pharmacy director, Victoria maintains the pharmacy in IHC's monthly clinics in Tijuana, organizes pharmacy inventory, and oversees the Medical Education project. Born and raised in China, Victoria identifies with IHC's mission to alleviate health disparities in a way that is culturally sensitive and sustainable. Along with other members, she strives to serve neighboring communities in any way possible during and after the pandemic.

Virtual Clinic Director for San Juanico

Uma majored in Physiology and Neuroscience and minored in Psychology at UCSD. She was drawn to IHC's mission of providing holistic medical care to underserved populations. She is especially proud of how IHC collaborates with the members of the communities it serves. An aspiring physician, she is grateful to have the opportunity to address healthcare inequities in a culturally-sensitive manner. As one of the San Juanico Clinic Directors, she hopes to establish a strong telehealth clinic to ensure the remote community has consistent access to healthcare. In her free time, Uma can be found reading a book or re-watching The Office.

Virtual Clinic Director for San Juanico

Valeria is in her last year at UCSD, majoring in Global Health. She enjoys traveling, trying new foods and watching movies. She was born in San Diego but was raised between San Diego and Tijuana. She has a strong connection with the communities in Mexico because they feel like home and her people. Growing up so close to the border has emotionally impacted Valeria since the difference in resources between the U.S. and Mexico is very evident. She strongly believes that everyone deserves adequate healthcare. Valeria was drawn by IHC’s mission of improving the health and lives of our patients by providing them access to adequate healthcare and health education. As a leader in IHC, she hopes to continue seeing the organization grow so that more and more people are provided with the resources needed to obtain adequate healthcare. She aspires to become a Physician Assistant in a near future and wants to continue helping underserved communities.

Director of San Juanico Project

Audrianna studied Physiology and Neuroscience at UCSD where she was an NCAA athlete on the Rowing Team. Cows are her favorite animal and she enjoys road trips, baking, and Latin Dancing.  Whether it's her IHC family or the community members IHC works with, what she loves most about IHC is the meaningful connections to other people and the insight that accompanies those connections. Audrianna's personal mantra is "small things with great love". She is passionate about Women's Health and loves working with infants and children. In her future career as a Physician, she plans on following in the footsteps of other IHC leaders by integrating and maintaining a dedication to service and sustainability.