Meet the WASUP Project Team!

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Erika Hernández is a Project Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, currently working on the WASUP program. In this role, Erika serves South Los Angeles communities, where she works with both youth and adults from the Fremont, Jefferson, Manual Arts, and Washington Prep high school campuses in an effort to provide more effective ways of addressing drug and substance abuse and misuse among adolescents.

Erika has a great passion for promoting health and wellness in the city’s most vulnerable communities, which developed during her college years when she realized that there was a critical need to equip community members with the skills and resources necessary to lead healthier lifestyles. Since then, she has made it her own personal mission to continue to promote a process that encourages overall health of mind and body.
In her free time, Erika works with community members at a local YMCA conducting fitness and nutrition sessions and volunteers with Students Run LA, a marathon-training program for Los Angeles middle and high school students.

Rachel Cuevas is a Research Associate at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. She has been a part of the Research and Evaluation team for over seven years, providing research and evaluation support to various projects addressing a wide range of issues relevant to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Rachel is one of the evaluators on the WASUP project. She currently works with Wellness Center staff to provide technical assistance and support with SBIRT data collection and reporting. In her free time, she serves as the PTA President of her son’s elementary school. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

Robert Rentería is a Research Associate with The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health. He has worked for The L.A. Trust for over 3 years. Robert currently works as a coordinator for several grants in addition to the WASUP project. The PCORI research grant that Robert supports integrates an iPad at the Wellness Center in order to increase knowledge around contraception options. This research project is being done at 14 Wellness Center sites in addition to four school-based health centers. He previously worked as the Student Engagement Advisor for a CDC – Division of Adolescent and School Health grant through LAUSD. With over 20 years of HIV knowledge around prevention, testing, and education, Robert has a special interest in helping end substance use and reproductive health stigma, especially with youth. He believes that a shame-free community is vital for reaching a healthy end to epidemics. In his free time, Robert enjoys traveling, horticulture, live music, and discovering restaurants and cultural hotspots throughout Southern California.

 

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