Edgar Omar Arteaga
Student, Dana High School Medical TeleSquads Edgar Omar Arteaga is a student at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, CA. As a first generation American, he has been tasked with navigating the education system on his own. However, his resilience and character have allowed him to distinguish himself among the top students in his junior class. As vice president of both his school's Interact Club and his local city's Youth Advisory Board, Edgar spends many of his weekends serving the elderly in his community, as well as underserved children. Growing up in a low-income household has provided Edgar firsthand experience with the disparities in the American healthcare system. After seeing his neighbors and his own family struggle to pay medical bills, Edgar plans to become a physician and work to bridge the access and equity gap in healthcare. Working with Global Brigades has provided Edgar the opportunity to reached across borders and cultures to bring medical knowledge to vulnerable communities. His experience with Global Brigades’ TeleSquads program has made such an impact on Edgar that he applied for and received a $5,000 grant from the Dragon Kim Foundation to execute a pop-up clinic with a local physician.