2022 Tillman Scholar

Daniel Reyes

Vanderbilt University

“Achieving true health equity calls for not only an increase in clinical resources, but also social and cultural understanding of the communities affected by health disparities.”

Daniel served as a Navy Corpsman for 7 years to include two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Since his separation from the Navy in 2013, Daniel has worked as an LVN in various specialties including pain management, diagnostic radiology, oncology, urgent care, and primary care. It was through these various experiences in healthcare that brought to light the various disparities in healthcare and issues regarding access to services affecting certain communities.

Since taking a serious interest in health equity, he has volunteered with COACH for kids and their families at Cedars-Sinai which brings low to no cost medical services like health screening, immunizations and health education to families in underserved areas of Los Angeles county. Daniel also volunteered for the California Health Corps during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and was deployed to Eisenhower Medical Center and St. Joseph’s hospital to provide care to COVID-19 patients. This fall, he will begin his graduate studies at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing specializing in Adult and Geriatric Acute Care. He plans to return to Los Angeles upon graduation as a Nurse Practitioner and provide health care to underserved socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in the Greater Los Angeles area.