Sergio Chairez

Sergio Chairez is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine. He holds dual Bachelor degrees in Business Economics and Public Health Policy. Shortly after graduating in 2017, Sergio dedicated his time to his post-undergraduate health fellowship. Here, he looked to widen his understanding of healthcare management roles and gaining experiential learning in data analysis and process improvement practices catered to bettering the cultural-competence of a large clinic system in Los Angeles, CA. He is interested in becoming a Healthcare leader, utilizing innovative patient-centered technologies to standardize, optimize, and align processes that improve the reach of preventive care and chronic management services for at-risk patient populations. Over his upbringing, Sergio and his family faced a consistent gap with healthcare coverage. His illuminating direct experience with health inequities – in access, cost and quality of affordable and quality health services, is a major motivating factor for his dedication to improve the health outcomes of economically-disadvantaged minorities.

Last summer, Sergio was a mentee for both Dr. Merchant’s and Dr. Patel’s research projects. Both projects consisted of leveraging multi-modal data sources, aiming to enhance health predictive analytical methods by integrating data sources beyond traditionally-relied healthcare industry data. As part of Dr. Merchant’s project, Sergio learned data fusion techniques on how to integrate social media data to existing predictive analytical platforms and measuring the benefits and limitations of social media data. He contributed to the team’s design of a health predictive tool that improves the health of the state’s population at the community level. Sergio’s contribution to Dr. Patel’s research project was to learn prediction modeling and machine learning algorithm design in order to predict hospital readmission rates in a retrospective study. Additionally, Sergio learned the fundamentals of health-behavior modification strategies that integrated Behavioral Economics concepts for a lifestyle modification study that investigated the effectiveness of two wearable device modalities (waist-worn and wrist-worn) for a pre-diabetic sample of participants.

At UC Irvine, Sergio regularly volunteered his time as a co-educator for a student academic and professional educational program catered for first-generation low income (FGLI) students interested in Public Health careers. Sergio is passionate about supporting the career development of the students he mentors and helps his students attain summer public health internships, conducts resume workshops and interview preparation, among other career support services. Sergio enjoys reading non-fiction books, doing yoga and spending quality time tutoring his little brothers on arithmetic and reading subjects.