2018 Graduating CHER Interns

Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduating CHER student interns! Without their hard work the complex and varied CHER projects would not be possible. Here are a few of the impressive accomplishments and goals for our outgoing 2018 graduating CHER interns. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!


Ahana Singh

Graduate intern Ahana Singh is a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate in the Department of Health Science. She aspires to promote mental health among underprivileged populations to enhance wellness and quality of life (QoL). After pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH), she would like to travel back to her birth country Nepal to prevent human trafficking and to advocate for sex workers.  Her areas of interest in research include the association between mental health and sexual health and their relationship to QoL. Ahana strongly believes an effective way to prevent a negative health outcome is to spread awareness and knowledge through health education efforts.


Lyka Trinidad

Lyka Trinidad has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of the Philippines and is currently finishing her Master in Public Health (MPH) degree from CSULB. She has a strong research and public health background with a demonstrated experience in managing surveillance systems, and monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS, and STI programs in the Philippines. Her other areas of interest include mental health, adolescent health and health education.



Dallin Geiser

Dallin Geiser is an undergraduate health science major who will be graduating in the upcoming summer. His interest in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as how health inequities impact a population’s health are what drives him to learn and excel in his time at CHER. Upon graduating, he has plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Public Health in the field of epidemiology/biostatistics. Additionally, he hopes to continue being involved in research upon completion of his time at CHER.



Samantha SerranoSamantha Serrano will be graduating from CSULB in spring 2018, with a Bachelor’s of Science in health science. She plans to continue her education and pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health. Samantha is passionate about working with and empowering marginalized communities, specifically the Latino community. Ultimately, she would like to provide sexual and reproductive health services to Latino communities in the U.S and in Central America. Additionally, she would like to continue health research in the areas of sexual health and infectious disease.



Tino Rivera

Tino Rivera will be graduating from CSULB in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Science. He plans to continue his education and attend nursing school to prepare him for his professional goals of providing care for underserved communities and addressing health disparities. Tino has many interests within public health such as sexual health, emergency preparedness, and the distribution/occurrence of disease. He sees this internship experience as a great opportunity to learn more about the Long Beach community and to build research skills.