Alejandro Ochoa is currently a second-year medical student and is also a member of UCLA PRIME, a 5-year MD/Master’s program for students interested in working with underserved communities. Alejandro was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Madera, California, a small agricultural town thirty minutes north of Fresno. He majored in Public Health Promotion & Disease Prevention at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to medical school, Alejandro worked for an outreach program in the Anaheim School District for two years as an academic counselor for low-income first generation high school students. Subsequently, he worked for a medical clinic as a physical therapist assistant implementing various rehabilitation exercises and therapies to help patients recover from various injuries or disabilities. Alejandro’s research interests include community interventions focused on preventative health outcomes, access to care for vulnerable populations, and medical education focused on population health and community medicine. Alejandro is also interested in academic/health system leadership, and using health services research to improve the quality and value of care delivered to underserved communities. Currently he has been involved in projects exploring how community health centers (CHC’s) can promote individual and community action around health disparities to reduce these inequities, improve outcomes, and engage patients in their health.

Undergrad Institution: University of Southern California

Hometown: Madera, CA