Fellows & Projects 2023-2024

Riya Albert, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Luke Coffman, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Parminder Deo, Burnett School of Medicine at Texas Christian University 

Parminder Deo is addressing cardiovascular disease in the South Asian Community across Dallas-Fort Worth. By leveraging community collaboration, culturally competent care, and empathetic communications, Deo aims to develop effective prevention strategies, raise awareness, and reduce the devastating effects of heart disease among South Asians. With a strong commitment to health equity, Deo's initiative strives to promote cardiovascular health, enhance access to quality care, and create lasting positive change in the lives of patients, families, and the community as a whole.

Community Site: UT Southwestern South Asian Heart Program

Jennifer Foster, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Kelly Franklin, Texas Christian University



Thuy-Tien Ho, Texas Woman's University

Attending the TWU School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology, Thuy-Tien Ho is developting and implementing a mindfulness health promotion and chronic disease prevention program tailored to the needs of women living in West Dallas. The program specifically serves to educate women about healthy eating, increased physical activities, and awareness of health and mental well-being while considering the individual's socioeconomic status and social determinants of health. Ultimately, the aim of the program is to empower participants to build confidence and perseverance in setting and attaining healthy living goals that can lead to sustainable behavior change.

Community Site: Brother Bill's Helping Hand

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Tanvi Ingle, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Lea Lester, Texas Christian University


Victoria Peters, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Victoria Peters is addressing food insecurity and other drivers of poverty for the population of Dallas, Texas. She has partnered with Harmony CDC, a nonprofit organization located in South Dallas that strives to strengthen families and revitalize neighborhoods through community-driven and solution-oriented approaches. The project focuses on attending and partnering with local events such as Dallas ISD Fam Jams and back-to-school events as well as apartment complexes to offer free, nutritious food boxes to individuals and families in need. During this process, the individual or family also becomes informed about the other services Harmony CDC offers such as free counseling services for individuals, families, and youth. Harmony CDC also provides a food pantry available every 30 to 90 days depending on the individual's zip code and rent assistance dependent upon current funding, both of which Victoria has assisted with and hopes to connect families with as needed during her current project. Ultimately, this project aims to address the immediate barrier to stability of food insecurity for many individuals and families in Dallas while fostering connections between the residents of Dallas and Harmony CDC.

Bilal Rehman, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Yukta Sunkara, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Thomas Troia, Burnett School of Medicine at Texas Christian University

Third-year medical student Thomas Troia is addressing the need for increased prostate cancer screening among the medically underserved male population in Tarrant County. In addition to providing screening services, the program will incorporate health awareness by providing information on cancer risk factors, healthy living and wellness, and preventative education. Ultimately, this program seeks to reduce the number of individuals diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer by offering increased and accessible screening.

Community Site: Moncrief Cancer Institute

Chandra Tummala, Southern Methodist University

Megan Ungerman, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ungerman is addressing social and emotional health among transgender and non-binary youth in North Texas by developing a sustained curriculum for the Resource Center's Gender Identity Night. The curriculum explores healthy relationship building between one's self, family, peers, partners, and the greater community. Ultimately, the program strives to grow youth's support system, increase self-esteem and confidence, and develop positive skills that participants can take into their everyday lives.

 Community Site: The Resource Center