Santos’ Goal is to Improve the Delivery of Care to Underserved Communities
In her journey of reaching this goal, Yuliana De los Santos is attending the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine to pursue a career as a doctor of osteopathic medicine. She is a strong believer of the osteopathic philosophy that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself and that all the different systems of the body work together to maintain health.
Because there are many components that affect one’s health, De los Santos also believes that every patient should be treated as a whole person and have access to proper health care.
“I come from a culturally and linguistically diverse community that has long suffered from the disparities in the health care system, therefore, I plan to provide osteopathic medical care to the underserved.”
With her desire to help the underserved, De los Santos participated in the Global Health Certificate Program at NYIT and traveled to Haiti to provide primary care to that community, who usually travel approximately an hour and a half to get to a hospital for medical care.
“Working in the hospital at Paredo, Haiti, showed me firsthand the need for primary care practitioner not just in the United States but abroad as well.”
Other volunteer work by De los Santos includes providing free health screenings to people in need, through a health fair hosted by the National Osteopathic Medical Association at the San Diego Rescue Mission.
Being fluent in English and Spanish, she recognizes the need of speaking more than one language to be able to understand important aspects of various cultures, especially in the medical field. Therefore, she plans to learn more languages such as Portuguese and Haitian Creole, to be able to provide culturally-sensitive and quality medical care to patients.
The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund, supported by Macy’s, will help her reach out to more underserved populations with quality health care and to help provide a healthier living to people in her community.