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DESCRIBE THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH YOU WERE NURTURED OR SPENT THE MAJORITY OF YOUR EARLY DEVELOPMENT WITH RESPECT TO ITS DEMOGRAPHICS WHAT CORE VALUES DID YOU RECEIVE AND HOW WILL THESE TRANSLATE INTO THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT YOU HOPE TO MAKE TO YOUR COMMUNITY AS A MEDICAL STUDENT AND TO YOUR CAREER IN MEDICINEI was born and lived in Lubbock Texas until I went to college at age eighteen Lubbock has a lower median income when compared to most cities in Texas Since some people do not have health insurance and cannot afford to pay for health care costs without it they do not receive appropriate care As a result the uninsured and underinsured are less likely to seek preventive care or necessary medical care While volunteering at Covenant Childrens Hospital during the summer of 2010 I witnessed impoverished individuals trying to deal with their health care issues and it reinforced my desire to help disadvantaged persons The demographics in Lubbock undoubtedly contribute to the city being an underserved medical area In fact more than thirty-two percent of Lubbocks population is Hispanic For some their first language is Spanish and they do not understand English well or at all Many individuals in this subset of the Lubbock population are low-income and as a result have many barriers impeding their access to health care These individuals such as my own father also experience discrimination because of their ethnicity and this fact has also contributed to my wanting to help minority populations To use a personal example my father was born in San Luis Potosi Mexico and moved to South Texas when he was six years old People are always surprised that although my father is fluent in Spanish my brothers and I did not learn Spanish from him Instead we took Spanish in school My father always provided us with homework help but his childhood experience of prejudice hindered him from sharing his heritage with us He
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