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2020 URI Program Update

In April, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 URI program.  Due to COVID-19, in-person learning was cancelled and many research projects scaled back.  However, Dr. Robertson was able to secure four remote research projects and offer them to some of our accepted interns of the Class of 2020, focusing on those who would be ineligible to return in 2021.  All research activities, didactic and social activities were conducted online - including the Research Symposium.  But we managed to get through with four amazing researchers and their fantastic presentations!  Please meet the amazing and patient URI Class of 2020,  Omar Ortuno, Jillian Perez, Jasmine Campos and Fernanda Castro.


Jillian Perez

Fernanda Castro


Research Symposium

The 2020 URI interns were mentored by a diverse group of researchers. This year, our URI interns presented on the following topics at our annual Research Symposium:

Fernanda Castro | Healthcare Disparities Between Spanish and English Speakers in California Children's Services
Mentor: Dr. Megumi Okumura

Jillian Perez | Investigating the Variation of Eligibility Denial Rates in California Children Services among Counties
Mentor: Dr. Megumi Okumura

Jasmine Campos | Newborn Telemedicine
Mentor: Dr. Seth Bokser

Omar Ortuno | Developing a Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Improve Sleep during Pregnancy: A Focus Group Study
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Felder