HEaL Conference 2023

September 23, 2023


Caruthers High School
2580 W Tahoe Ave,
Caruthers, CA 93609


8:00 am     Welcome
Katherine A. Flores, MD
Doctors Academy Alumni Keynote
9:00 am      Session 1
10:00 am    Brunch Break and Resource Vendor Fair
11:00 am    Session 2
12:00 pm    Evaluations & Gift Card Raffle
Must be present to win
12:30pm    End of Conference


Masks are highly recommended.




Thank you the following individuals and organizations for providing meaningful workshops for our students and parents:

American Ambulance

  • Madeline May, EMS Education Administrator
  • Tayler Guinn, EMT
  • Trinity Sinor, EMT

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) Valley Mentors

  • Aneet Grewel, Ayesha Dhar, Chaia Vang, Cortland Jell, Fatima Yusuf, Hagar Saad, Helen Vuong, Kasey Bishop, Krishan Joshi, Sean Brown, Shriya Deshpande, Sibongile Maktini, Skylynn Thangwaritorn, Sonia Kham, Veronica Lopez, Vidushi Razdan

CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California Cooperative Extension Fresno/Madera Counties

  • Nora Lopez, Nutrition Educator

Community Regional Medical Center

  • Stephanie Garcia, Substance Use Navigator


  • Valeria Garcia, Community Relations Officer

Fresno Police Department

  • Dean Cardinale, Detective

Fresno State University

  • Christopher M. Ludwig, EdD, LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

  • Gabriela Rios, Executive Director

UCSF Fresno

  • Charlaine Valentino Roberto, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident Physician
  • Justin Griffiths, DDS, Resident SurgeonAngela Allison, Academic Program Coordinator
  • Karina Reyes Banuelos, Academic Program Coordinator
  • Stephanie Huerta Alvarez, Manager

UC Merced

  • Sandra Pina, Admission Advisor

2023 HEaL Conference



What to expect:

  • Resource fair including health and community organizations.
  • Workshops focusing on health topics, wellness, college preparation, financial aid & budgeting, and more!
  • Food and refreshments served.

Who should attend:

Registration is only open to students currently enrolled in the Junior Doctors Academy or the Doctors Academy in our participating districts and their parent/guardian. Siblings may attend but childcare is not provided.

REMINDER: This is a mandatory event for all Junior Doctors Academy and Doctors Academy students in accordance with the parent/student handbook. Check with your JDA/DA teacher or site coordinator for site requirements.


Thank you to the following organizations that participated in the resource fair:

  • African American Coalition
  • Cal Fresh Healthy Living, UCCE
  • California Health Sciences University
  • EECU
  • Fresno City College
  • Fresno EOC Health Services
  • Fresno HOPE
  • Toribio Psychological Center
  • True North Physician Agency HealthForce
  • UC Davis
  • UC Merced
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UCSF Fresno SJV MedBridge
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center