We're officially less than one week away from the beginning of the 2016-17 Health for America fellows' journey here at MedStar Health, and we're so excited to be introducing the new team. If you haven't already met Stephanie and Michael, you can do so here and here. Then, read below to meet King John Pascual!
Prior to joining HFA, King was a Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York City. Supervising more than 100 high school students, he taught classes in health, biology, and earth science. While teaching full-time, King completed a master’s degree in secondary science education at Relay Graduate School of Education.
As a STEM educator, King developed a passion for health and science communication, authoring articles on mental health and well-being for online publications such as Daily Kos, Elite Daily, and Business Insider. King was also an instructional technology consultant for McKinsey & Co.’s social initiative team and founded SoulSearch Education Consulting, a college advising startup firm that leverages mindfulness practices.
“My goal during the fellowship is to incorporate the frameworks of technological innovation, human-centered design, social entrepreneurship, and compassionate leadership into a project that addresses a health challenge in underserved communities.”
King earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology and ethnic studies from Brown University in 2014. He spent his undergraduate summers conducting public health and biomedical research. King completed his first research project at Harvard Medical School as a genomics intern under the supervision of Dr. Omer Gokcumen and Dr. Charles Lee. King received the best oral presentation award at the 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students for his research project: “Novel Validation of Genomic Structural Variations.” King completed his second summer research project as a Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas fellow at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where he conducted a systematic literature review on the sociocultural barriers to health care among Asian-American patients. His project was selected for presentation at the 2013 New England Science Symposium. Throughout his time at Brown, King was an active campus leader, serving as a residential counselor and co-president of the Asian American Student Association.
“I hope to implement the takeaways and solutions from the fellowship throughout my pursuit of a medical career.”
Keep your eye on the blog as we continue to welcome our new fellows! Soon, the fellows themselves will start to take over the blog and share their experiences during their first few weeks on the job. You can also follow their experiences on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.