MAKING AN IMPACT
an internship during her senior year at
the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Her participation, funded by a National
Institutes of Health grant, focused on
research on neurocognitive impairment
following radiation treatment for brain
tumors. She also spent a summer at
the University of Oxford, where she
researched the use of community health
workers to help eradicate malaria in
Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Her senior thesis research
examined the impact of
Latino doctors in health care
in the United States. As a
Latina with Mexican heritage,
she was particularly struck by
the disproportionate divide
between the percentage
of minority physicians
compared with the number of
underserved black, Latino and
Native American patients with
poor healthcare outcomes.
“I knew there had to be a multitude of
systemic issues leading to this crisis,”
she says. “There hasn’t been a lot of
research on these issues.”
Favede, who hails from St. Clairsville,
Ohio, also says that growing up in
Appalachia gave her a close look at
how issues such as food insecurity, low
levels of education, and labor-intensive
and low-wage jobs affect health. That
experience, together with her service
overseas, helped her understand how
the root causes of adverse health
outcomes, such as poverty and access
to transportation to name a few, require
solutions that consider cultural contexts.
Favede, whose grandfather and father
are optometrists and Ohio State alumni,
is excited about creating a new path at
Ohio State College of Medicine.
“The more time I spend at Ohio State,
the more I’m overwhelmed by how
much of that passion for improving
care for underserved communities is
embedded in the school, with
opportunities within and outside the
curriculum,” she says.
“This scholarship was a huge part of
the reason why I decided to come to
Ohio State. I knew this would be the
place that would help me become the
kind of physician I want to be. It’s also
Favede adds that she is enriched
by the diversity of her peers and her
conversations with them.
“The experience makes you want to
be better,” she says.
Top: Cecelia holds a frame of her 6-year-old self’s
dream of being a doctor. Left: Cecilia gathers with
children during a 2015 MEDLIFE team service trip
to Esmeraldas, Ecuador.
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