Seven years ago, a doctor made a life-altering decision to withhold dialysis from Siddiqua Noor's grandmother because she was uninsured. From that moment forward, Siddiqua vowed to advocate for others in similar situations. Whether volunteering as a hospital scribe, packing food boxes for the Houston Food Bank, putting together lunches for United Muslim Relief, or shadowing doctors at Healthcare for the Homeless, Siddiqua dedicated much of her young adulthood to serving her Houston, Texas community.
A half day volunteering with the Veteran’s Hospital in Detroit as a high school student affirmed Basem Alwaneh’s interest in pursuing medicine as a career. His continued volunteer work at this hospital as an undergraduate student, together with other healthcare related volunteerism and research, earned him a Community Outreach Award. Mr. Alwaneh received a bachelor of science in biology from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
Apoory Chawla was presented with the Community Outreach Award based on his significant contribution to the healthcare of others. Mr. Chawla was an active member of the University of Ottawa’s study body and the greater Ottawa community. He was a student volunteer with MEDLife Mobile Clinic in Peru, Kids Helping Kids Charity, and press and promotion officer for Snug as a Bug. Mr. Chawla double majored in biochemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Ottawa.
Jessica Dimian’s Community Outreach Award recognizes the impact of her participation in the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s highly competitive Irvine Clinical Experience (ICE) volunteer program. As an ICE volunteer, she earned valuable exposure to several facets of healthcare including the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of cases in the emergency and surgery departments. Ms. Dimian also volunteered at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and provided medical services to underprivileged communities during a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua.
Kyle Mihaylo, a former baseball player and graduate of the University of California, Davis, has been characterized by his Bible Study and Middle School Associated Pastor as “embodying the spirit” of the Community Outreach Award. While preparing for medical school, Mr. Mihaylo was an active volunteer in the Huntington Beach, California community where he was a leader in his church’s middle school ministry and coach of several youth baseball teams.
Andre Ward received the Community Outreach Award in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the Boston community. He has extensive volunteer experience ranging from volunteering in emergency rooms, to serving dinner to homeless veterans and recording audio books for the blind. He has supported the mission of organizations such as the Winchester Hospital, a small community hospital with an emphasis on personalized patient care; the Jewish Vocational Services, where refugees are taught English and job skills; and Boston Cares, a non-profit organization which supports more than 150 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies.