JMP student Bernadette Lim youngest named on 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health list

March 20, 2019

Bernadette Lim, a student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, was named one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s (NMQF) 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health in 2019. She is the youngest recipient of this honor.

The National Minority Quality Forum received hundreds of applications from healthcare professionals across the country. Of those applications, the Forum selected only 40 individuals who they believe represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities.

“The 2019 winners are doing amazing things that both better and diversify the healthcare marketplace,” said NMQF President and CEO Dr. Gary Puckrein in a statement. “They serve as positive role models for our next generation of leaders in minority health.”

Throughout her education, Lim has exhibited a passion for improving access to health resources and equity in care. In 2014, she co-founded Women SPEAK, a national initiative to cultivate dialogue centered on gender, identity and social justice. As a 2016-17 Fulbright-Nehru Student Research scholar in India, Lim researched the intersections of entrepreneurship, health equity, and gender equality.

“It is a great honor that I share with the communities, people, and family who have grounded me and taught me how to center community voices in medicine and health justice work,” says Lim on receiving the NMQF award. “I aim to continue producing innovative solutions to further eliminate health disparities faced by women, children, and families from minority and under-resourced communities.”

In the JMP, Lim takes part in the Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), a track for students committed to underserved communities in urban areas. She also founded the Freedom Schoolas part of the Freedom Medical Collective, creating a community gathering for more than 100 medical students, public health practitioners, and community members that seeks to envision more intersectional and inclusive medical practices. Last fall, the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender awarded her a student grant to produce a multimedia storytelling project alongside women of color in medicine.

By Nayaab Ahsan