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MiOra is Partnering with MiMentor

MiMentor ( is a national mentoring organization committed to mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals.  Their mission is to develop and support innovative mentorship opportunities that will inspire the next generation of healthcare leaders for underserved communities. To achieve this goal MiMentor provides an app/website platform for the community to communicate, post information about upcoming events, surveys and links to opportunities.  Students check out for great opportunities!

MiOra Mentor Idriss Fassassi was at the Orthopedic High School Los Angeles

MiOra Mentor Idriss Fassassi was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and he is currently an Epidemiologist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He works with a team of health professionals that prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. He holds his Masters in Public Health from New York Medical College, and his Bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health from Penn State University. Mr. Fassassi has recently mentored the students at the Health Messaging Showcase event organized by Orthopedic High School teachers (LAUSD) and Brian Boyle from LA Chamber of Commerce-Unite LA program.  Thank you all!

MiOra was at the Intel International Science and Engineering (ISEF) Fair.

ISEF is the largest pre-college scientific research competition in the world, organized by Society of Research. This year approximately 1800 students showcased their science projects and competed for grand awards for up to $75,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There were approximately 1000 prestigious judges from all over the United States. MiOra mentors had the pleasure of reviewing the student projects and providing feedback.

April 15th, 2017 “Women in Medicine” MiOra-USC Career Event

“Students don’t miss the April 15th, 2017 “Women in Medicine” MiOra-USC career event at the USC. It is free, lunch is provided and you can attend all or just one session to meet an expert. Please find more info and register at: If the first link does not work, try: See you there! You can contact us at

The Second MiOra Career Event at Kearns High Schools – Utah was a Success

MiOra ( organized an amazing Career Event on March 21st at the Kearns High School in Utah. Two esteemed MiOra mentors, Lindsay Andrews, a Registered Labor and Delivery Nurse, and Dede Vilven, an Epidemiologist with a Master’s Degree in Public Health joined the students and talked about their education, professional life style and average salary. They shared the economic difficulties they experienced while growing up, and how they overcame those challenges. The mentors advised the students to be proactive early on, to gain real world experience by volunteering or interning. The students were excited to learn about the different healthcare career paths available. The MiOra Career Event was very well received; a third event is being planned. Thank you to the mento...[Read More]

NEW MIORA MEMBER: Joshua Gidanian

MiOra ( welcomes Joshua Gidanian as the newest MiOra Data Manager! Joshua is passionate about being productive and helping people. His volunteer activities have ranged from building shelters for the homeless people in Portland, Oregon to supporting cancer patients in Los Angeles, California. Joshua is now putting that passion and energy into helping high school and college students reach their goals in STEM and healthcare careers. In addition to having an innate ability to build and fix, Joshua is a budding Microsoft Excel specialist. In the short time he has been with MiOra, Joshua demonstrated that he is self motivated and committed. Welcome to the MiOra team Joshua!

MiOra Connection at the USC-Diversity in Healthcare Career Event

MiOra ( partnered with the University of Southern California (USC) Office of Pre-Health Advising and Inter-Health Council to bring mentors from diverse backgrounds to the USC Pre-Health students. MiOra President Dr. Ozlem Equils moderated this exciting event “Mentoring the Future of Health: An evening with Dr. Monica Soni and Dr. Christopher da Costa.” MiOra mentors Dr. Chris da Costa, a Medical Director at Asahi Kasei Pharma America, Dr. Monica Soni, Director of Continuity Care at Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center within the Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LADHS) and Dr. Ozlem Equils discussed their educational journeys, careers, challenges and mentorship experience with a group of approximately 110 Pre-Health students from various backgrounds and majors. ...[Read More]

MiOra Healthcare Career Event at Kid City

On October 20, 2016 MiOra ( partnered with Kid City to organize a STEM and healthcare career event at their location in downtown Los Angeles. Kid City is a nonprofit community organization that aims to provide a safe and enriching after-school place for high school and college students from  Central and South Los Angeles areas. Most of Kid City students are first generation college attendees.  MiOra mentor Dr. Chris da Costa, President Dr. Equils and Bioengineering/Engineering and STEM Development Director Ella Uludag  shared their educational experiences, challenges and expertise with the students. The students actively engaged in the conversation, asked specific questions about their career goals and the lifestyle in a career in STEM fields. The students were...[Read More]


MiOra ( is excited to start a brand-new partnership with Kid City ( and provide mentoring, research experience and college persistence support to Kid City students, most of whom are first-generation college or college-bound students from very low income families living in central and south Los Angeles.  Kid City currently serves approximately 200 students.  Kid City is a community where kids and young adults develop leadership and agency skills, and intellectual curiosity; they are encouraged to be their best and to pursue their dreams. Kid City offers leadership, culture and arts, college access, and college completion programs. Thank you to Jordan K., the Kid City student leader, for being proactive and mediating this partnership. Jordan ...[Read More]


MiOra welcomes Alexis Jackson as their graphic artist. Alexis is only 23 years old and she has already accomplished so much! Born and raised in Southern California, Alexis N. Jackson is a freelance visual artist with a variety of skills in 2D/3D motion graphics and traditional art media. At a very young age, Alexis’ passion in visual arts was introduced when she experienced difficulty in interacting with her peers and her academic studies, and in coping with her diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease. She developed her drawing and craft skills as a way for her to make connections with her environment. Alexis is an advocate of the importance of visual arts for people with physical and mental disabilities, and for illustrating abstract concepts. Her interest in the visual arts continue to fl...[Read More]