Oscar G. Echeverria, the son of Central American immigrant parents, was born in East Los Angeles and raised in East Hollywood, a small, diverse, and densely populated neighborhood in Los Angeles. He was the first in his family to attend college, attending UC Irvine and graduating with a bachelor of science in Neurobiology & Behavior. After graduating from UCI he moved back to Los Angeles, working closely with MiMentor as an executive member to expand its programming to reach as many Latinx & other URM pre-health students throughout California. He worked closely with the Latino Physicians of California, investigating the state of pipeline programs available in California for Latinx & other URM student to become health care professionals and writing policy briefs to aid advocacy efforts in Sacramento. Having grown up lacking access to care, he worked as a Certified Enrollment Counselor for Covered California, helping members of his community navigate & enroll in Medi-cal and other health care programs. Lastly, he worked as a researcher in the Nephrology department at the UCLA School of Medicine studying the experiences and perceptions of elderly Latinos in ESRD with End of Life care, which is set to be published later this year. Now an MS2 in the PRIME program, he hopes to pursue an MPP in hopes of designing & implementing policies to make health equity and equally opportune lives possible by reforming a system that provides excellent care to patients that lack resources and works to uphold and safeguard their rights and dignity, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, ability to pay, or documentation status.

Undergrad Institution: UC Irvine

Hometown: East Hollywood, CA