About Us

Inspired by the research of Jen’nan Read (Duke University Professor of Global Health and Sociology), HPLANS stands for Health Pathways for Latinx, African and African American, and Native Students. The current team is composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Duke University and Bryn Mawr College.


The purpose of this organization is to decrease the barriers to pursuing careers in healthcare for underrepresented minority students. This will be accomplished by offering educational and networking opportunities for high school and undergraduate URM students considering careers in healthcare.


The underrepresented youth in healthcare conference is the first of such events. To stay connected or get involved, email director Toniya Brown at tonitbrown20@gmail.com or the affiliated conference email: uryouthinhealth@gmail.com

Our Team

Director: Toniya Brown

Population Health Presenters

Introduction to Health Disparities, African and African American Health: Arbre’ya Lewis (CDC Health Communication Specialist)

Latinx Health: Genesis Perez-Melara (Translational Research Assistant I Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

Native American and Indigenous Health: Kya Locklear (2019 Udall Scholar)

Pathways in Healthcare Presenters

Public Health and Health Policy: Nefer Batsuli (Duke University ‘20)

Dentistry: Jasmine Nevil (University of North Carolina School of Dentistry ‘24)

Medicine: Bianca Rochelle (Duke University ‘20)

Nursing: Kaycie Hutchinson (Columbia University School of Nursing ‘23)

Research and Logistics

Angie Oh (Bryn Mawr ‘21)

Ethan Botts (Duke University ‘22)

Karen Guo (Bryn Mawr ‘22)

Bianca Rochelle (Duke University ‘20)

Website Development: Robbie Ha & Toni Brown