KPSOM Student Wins Health Equity Leadership Award

Jacqueline Xu receives accolade from Physicians for Healthy California

September 21, 2023

KPSOM student Jacqueline Xu

KPSOM student Jacqueline Xu

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM) student Jacqueline Xu received the Physicians for Healthy California  (PHC, formerly known as California Medical Association Foundation) Medical Student Health Equity Leadership Award during the organization’s Health Equity Leadership Summit Leadership Awards Reception on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in San Jose, California. 

The award honors a student whose activities demonstrate interest and effort in becoming a leader of the next generation, and who plans to promote health equity within the state of California. The honor gives the student award recipient the opportunity to “highlight their work, passions, and contributions towards being a leader in health equity consistent with the mission of PHC.”

“Thank you to the California Medical Association/Physicians for Healthy California for this celebration – it’s a celebration that goes beyond personal achievement [and is] a celebration of all the work we’re doing in SoCal to achieve better health outcomes for all,” said Xu. “[I send a special] thank-you to my teammates and mentors, with special recognition of the remarkable community partners I’ve come to know—Pasadena Public Health Department’s Outreach Team and Parktree Community Health Center—whose everyday work is award-winning.”

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Xu received a plaque, a $250 honorarium, a $250 donation to the health-related charity of her choice, and travel and accommodation expenses to attend the awards ceremony.

“I am so pleased to learn of Jackie’s recent honor, particularly because the PHC Medical Student Health Equity Leadership Award criteria parallel our school’s values aimed at achieving health equity for all and eliminating health disparities wherever they exist,” said Maureen Connelly, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Community Affairs. “Jackie has exhibited a keen interest in ensuring health care is provided to patients in the most equitable way as a future physician and we are proud of her distinction.”

Nominees are required to be a medical student at a California school, their body of work has to showcase interest and efforts demonstrating their intent to become a health equity leader, and nominees have to embody PHC’s mission to improve community health and promote health equity with a willingness to develop a diverse physician workforce.