Do the Change with Makeen Yasar

Join us on this episode with Makeen Yasar and host Tyra Parrish, MPH where we explore Makeen's journey through the healthcare field and the challenges associated with fighting for equitable healthcare. With his background in supporting underrepresented student populations, and Tyra's background in giving marginalized groups a bigger voice in public health, this episode is full of exciting insights that you won't want to miss.

Reimagining OEHS with Makeen Yasar (Part 1)

Do the Change: Reimagining OEHS with Makeen Yasar (Part 1)

Reimagining OEHS with Makeen Yasar (Part 2)

Do the Change Podcast: Reimagining OEHS with Makeen Yasar (Part 2)

About Makeen Yasar:

Makeen Yasar, B.S. (he/him), is a radical builder, change agent, poet, writer, and future physician who will be attending Charles Drew University (CDU) College of Medicine as part of their inaugural class for the school's MD program (Class of 2027). Yasar has roots in Los Angeles by way of his ancestors' migration from Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Pasadena and raised in Palmdale, CA, Yasar himself settled down in LA in his late teens and attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where he earned his B.S. in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in African American Studies.

Yasar was the Coordinator for the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM), where he helped lead the development of the institution’s pathway initiatives to support students underrepresented and underserved in medicine (URiM). Before medical education, Yasar was an inaugural Youth Justice Fellow for the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition (BSS), where he led youth organizing work in community-based research analysis and justice centered campaign development alongside Black, Brown, and Southeast Asian students to decriminalize youth and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

Yasar is a student assembly representative of the national health professions research and advocacy nonprofit, the Social Mission Alliance (SMA), and is the founder/co-director of the Umoja Health Project, a volunteer initiative bringing health careers exposure to youth of color. Additionally, Yasar also serves on the board of directors for the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), an org dedicated to decriminalization of systems-impacted youth and their families as well as the abolition of carceral systems.

About This Week's Host:

Tyra Parrish, MPH, is a graduate of UC Berkeley's School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Environment and a speciality in Multicultural Health. 

Tyra is an advocate for mentorship, lifting others up and helping someone avoid the obstacles that she faced going into the field. Tyra wants to make these conversations as casual and fun as possible and she is excited for you all to listen to her talk with amazing people some of which are close friends, people she met along the way, friends of friends, etc.