​2014 Scholarship Winners


Alejandro Aguirre


I am a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a current GPA of 3.78. I tutored at the Continentals of Omega Boys and Girls Club in high school. At UC Davis I have volunteered at the Cross Cultural Center and more recently, the LGBTQIA Resource Center and Clinica Tepati. I have served as the chapter founder and President of oSTEM at UC Davis and Co-Head of Clinica Tepati's Diabetes Interest Group (DIG) Committee. I also worked on a research project in a malaria laboratory. 


My essay of how I overcame personal tragedy moved the committee, as I not only witnessed the rape of my sister, but also the ostracism she faced from our parents both as a result of this and of her sexual orientation. This lead me to be open about my own sexual orientation and life challenges and made me into a leader and mentor for other struggling students. My family adversity was also an important factor in my decision to become a healer through medicine and in my decision to serve Spanish-speaking underserved patients at Clinica Tepati. I currently strive to enter an MD/PhD program to become a physician scientist, to provide clinical care as well as perform research in infectious disease. The grant will help me study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, and will fund my application to medical schools.


Simrin Atwal


The Ernest and Arthella Hunter Foundation focuses on community service and fighting cancer. This essentially was my five years of undergrad. Before being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, I volunteered with the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative (BPSHI), and was accepted into Shifa Community Clinic early in my diagnosis. Through both of these organizations I was able to focus on prevention and help educate underserved communities on improving health. Through Shifa, I was also able to help provide Clinical Breast Exams and Mammograms to our patients and others in the greater Sacramento area. When I was first diagnosed during my third year, I worked more behind the scenes with planning and prep, and went into clinic and health fairs when I wasn't getting treatments. These organizations and the hard-working people they introduced me to are what I miss most about Davis.
Last winter and spring, I finished up my degree at UCD, but was still recovering from treatments, so was not as involved. After a short and hectic summer, I started my first year at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The transition has been challenging, and I especially miss volunteering and interacting with the community. Now that I've had some time to adjust, I look forward to volunteering at free clinics in the bay area this semester and getting involved with BPSHI again.


Simrin's award was made possible through partnership with the Capitol Medical Society.


Kiran Fareed

I grew up in a small rural town lacking quality health care and education. These disadvantages influenced me to seek out innovative ways to serve the impoverished in rural communities. By getting involved in projects like Books without Borders, I helped donate books to schools in third world countries lacking educational material. Being able to utilize my own education to enhance the education of others is truly a meaningful experience.

I serve the underserved through my work at Knights Landing Clinic. In this rural setting, I am able to help provide care to a primarily farm working community, which previously faced hardship in access to health care. My motivation and passion to serve others is expressed through the work I actively involve myself in, which is what lead me to be considered for the Dr. Hunter and Arthella Memorial Scholarship.


Kiran's award was made possible through partnership with the California Medical Association Foundation.




Dr. Ernest and Arthella Hunter Foundation

MISSION

To reduce cancer deaths among under-served ethnic and economic communities, connect our underserved veterans to those benefits which they have earned, and foster the interest in and training of students who wish to pursue medical careers serving under-served communities 

BACKGROUND
Sacramento County’s population is the most racially and ethnically diverse and was recognized by Time magazine in September 2002 as the nation’s “most integrated city. By 2050, it is expected that those populations currently described as “minority” will aggregately comprise a majority with percentages of Hispanic, African American and Asian/Other projected to reach 30%, 15% and 9% respectively.  In stark contrast, the current demographics of physicians caring for this population are not representative. Reflecting Sacramento, the Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento is comprised of Caucasian (60%), Asian/Pacific Islander (30%), Hispanic (5%) and African American (3%). Multiple studies have demonstrated improved health outcomes with chronic health conditions, medication compliance and utilization of preventive health services to cultural identification of patients with the treating physician. There are few scholarship opportunities for underserved undergraduates in the Sacramento area and none designated for those who are premedical.  2010-2011 Health Fair Events

ACTIVITIES
Reducing cancer deaths in under-served communities
The Foundation supports free cancer testing events through the Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition, a volunteer association of over 20 non profit community-based organizations. Our events include breast exams and mammography, prostate exams and prostate-specific antigen blood tests, as well as free vision exams and eyewear.



Connecting homeless veterans to health care
The Foundation supports events that connect homeless veterans to free general health exams, vision exams, and screening for Agent Orange connected illnesses among those with a history of service in Vietnam.  Events are conducted through the collaboration of the Sacramento Community Veterans Alliance and the UC Davis student-run Willow Clinic.



​Scholarships for students with commitment to health for the under-served.

Few local scholarship opportunities exist to reward students who have demonstrated a passion for serving the underserved.  The exploding costs of receiving medical training in the Sacramento area create an imperative to develop scholarship opportunities to both reward and incentive talented students to train and reside in the Sacramento area.The Dr Hunter Foundation is committed to create those opportunities for pre-medical students in the Sacramento area.





​Helping end breast cancer

The Foundation also participates in the Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure, which has helped award eighteen million dollars in grants to programs in the nineteen county service area in Sacramento.


University of california, Davis

Terri l. Speed D. D. S 

Terri L. Speed, D. D.S. is a native of San Jose, California. Dr. Speed received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University of Dentistry in 1990. Dr. Speed is a recipient of the Howard University Department of Community Dentistry Award and the Ida Simon Memorial Award. She trained in the chronically ill and aging program for three years in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Speed founded the company called Harmony which serviced nursing care facilities in the Sacramento region in 1996 through 1998. Dr. Speed began her private practice in Elk Grove in 1996. In 1999, Assemblyman Anthony Pescetti of the 10th Assembly District named her Woman of the Year based on service and dedication to the community. In 2003, the Sacramento Observer presented her with the Medallion of Honor Award for servicing the Sacramento Health and Medical Communities. In 2004 the National Coalition of Black Women, Inc. awarded her for her Health and Community service. Dr. Speed continued to serve the community through various health fairs, in conjunction with U.O.P. School of Dentistry, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sacramento Links Inc., and Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS).

Dr. Speed served as a board member of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce 1998-2001. Dr. Speed also served as a board member of the Area Women Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Speed is currently a board member of the Dr. Ernest and Arthella Hunter Foundation. Dr. Speed is also members of the Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sacramento California Links Inc. Dr. Speed is married to Marvin E. Speed, II, ESQ. They have two children, Adrian and Lauren which both graduates of Arizona State University.

Board of Directors




Mimi de Ville



Mimi de Ville has over 30 years of corporate and small business marketing experience in technology and healthcare industries. She is currently a self-employed paralegal and enjoys spending her free time in community service.

Allan Y. Chen, MD, PhD    Vice President

Dr. Allan Chen received M.D. degree from Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Chen conducted basic science research prior to returning to medical practice. For his clinical training, Dr. Chen completed Internship at Fairfax Hospital/Georgetown University and Radiation Oncology Residency at the prestigious National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

D. Chen has had a long academic career. He was Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Med. Sch., New Jersey; Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Med. Ctr., Tennessee; and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at UC Davis Medical Center, California. During his tenure with UC Davis, Dr. Chen also served as the Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program. Dr. Chen has authored many paper in high impact journals, made many presentations in national and international meetings, and mentored many students and young physicians.

Dr. Chen specializes in Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for treating small-sized tumors with precision high-dose radiation. He currently serves as the Director of Image-guided Radiotherapy of Kaiser Roseville Medical Center. In his spare time, Dr. Chen volunteers and participates in services for the underserved communities. He is a co-founder of the Kaiser Permanente Veteran Association (KPVA) and active members of Sacramento Community Veterans Alliance and Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition (SCCC). He is also a Student mentor for the Paul Hom Sunday Clinic, which works for underserved Asian populations.

Patricia MT Chen, MD Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Patricia Chen immigrated from Taiwan to West Virginia in 1975. She received medical degree from West Virginia Medical School, and subsequently completed Internal Medicine residency at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. Afterward, Dr. Chen was appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor of Georgetown University Medical School and worked at the Internal Medicine Department of Northern Virginia Fairfax Hospital as the assistant to the ICU director. While working in the Fairfax Hospital, Dr. Chen taught medical students from Georgetown University Medical School and Transitional interns. In 2001, Dr. Chen moved to Sacramento with her family. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of UC Davis. And she is practicing internal medicine at the Medical Office of UC Davis at Carmichael.

She enjoys teaching medical students and fostering future physicians. In her spare time, she volunteers in various UC Davis medical student ­run free clinics, participates in SCCC cancer screening events, and the yearly Memorial Day Health fair sponsored by The Hunters foundation.

Darryl C. Hunter, MD, Col, USAFR  President/CEO

Dr. Darryl Hunter, the son of a career Army dentist, was influenced early to pursue the twin careers of officership and medicine.  He received his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where he graduated in 1988.  He subsequently served on active duty for 17 years, after which he joined The Permanente Medical Group in 2005 as a radiation oncologist.  While continuing to serve in the US Air Force Reserves he reached the rank of colonel in 2007.  While working as a physician with The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Dr Hunter co-founded the Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition (SCCC) and the Sacramento Community Veterans Alliance (SCVA) in 2009.  The SCCC is a collaboration of over 20 community-based organizations committed to reducing the disproportional death toll from cancer upon underserved communities.  Unique to the SCCC is the staging of health fairs through the UC Davis affiliated student-run clinics to offer free mammograms, prostate exams, vision exams, dental exams and healthy cooking demonstrations. The SCVA is comprised of veteran service organizations, veteran agency representatives and elected committed to connecting veterans to health care benefits earned through their service.  Subsequently in 2010 Dr Hunter founded the Kaiser Permanente Veterans Association (KPVA), an employee resource group comprised of staff and physician employees of Kaiser Permanente who advocate for the health rights and respectful treatment of members who are veterans, reservists or deployed family members.  The Sacramento KPVA is the first chapter formed in California and the second nationally. KPVA also only serves as a partner organization of the SCVA through staging health fairs to provide food, clothing, health and vision care for homeless veterans within the Sacramento area.  Dr. Hunter’s nonprofit initiatives were recognized in 2014 by the American Medical Association Foundation’s Pride in the Profession Award.  Dr. Hunter was the first Kaiser Permanente physician to ever receive that distinction.

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students