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C-TAC Intern Spotlight: Hamid Torabzadeh

By: Hamid Torabzadeh, C-TAC Partnerships and Programs Intern

Hello! My name is Hamid Torabzadeh, and I am currently a rising senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, CA. I am very passionate about advancing innovation, access, and quality in our healthcare system by leveraging technology, research, and policy to help people live happier, healthier lives.

I strongly believe that healthcare is at an inflection point, where innovations in digital health, public health, and healthcare delivery are changing how all health stakeholders operate, including an expansion of the definition of health stakeholders. More and more diverse sets of organizations and people are entering the healthcare front including community organizations, faith groups, technology start-ups, and more. In order to advance care, particularly for underserved populations, coalitions like C-TAC are incredibly critical for fostering collaboration and enhancing cooperation.

On my high school campus, I am Co-Captain of Poly’s robotics team, Poly Rabbotics, President of Poly Red Cross Club, Co-President of Poly Model United Nations, Co-Captain of Poly Boys’ Tennis, and Vice President of Poly Speech & Debate. I also serve as a student representative on my school site council impacting policy and budget which influences over 4,000 diverse students, and as a council member on the Los Angeles Office of Education’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, advising over 80 school districts on relevant policies including COVID-19 reopening and safety policy.

On the healthcare front, I currently serve as Development Intern with the nonprofit organization, Biotech Connection Los Angeles, where I have expanded STEM and biotechnology education programs for K-12 students in underserved Los Angeles County communities. Additionally, in the Summer of 2020, I interned for Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, where I developed unique infographic visuals to convey sophisticated, scientific research in healthcare delivery, policy, and technology. I expanded this passion for health innovation, becoming an Innovator at The Knowledge Society, where I have built unique products in the area of personalized medicine and health information technology (IT), and consulted 501cTHREE on consumer-centric water monitoring for areas in the United States affected by water quality public health crises, paired with the United Nations on engaging women in the digital economy. 

Currently, I am interning with SmartTab, a digital health startup committed to advancing wireless ingestible drug delivery solutions that best serve patients and provide a personalized experience for those suffering from chronic diseases including Crohn’s Disease and IBD. In this capacity, I have worked on the high-level design and development of their innovative technology, paired with researching critical health policy and regulatory frameworks to advance the product line for those suffering from advanced illness. During Summer 2021, I have also fellowed with The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation, where I am conducting research titled, “Filling the knowledge gap: reproductive motile ciliopathies.”

I am very excited and honored to learn how I can actively work on the grassroots issues that affect our healthcare system, with particular emphasis on advanced care planning and advanced illness response. I am eager to advance diverse partnerships and develop innovative programs to improve palliative care and move forward C-TAC’s core work areas of Policy & Advocacy, Interfaith, and State and Community Organizing. I also look forward to collaborating with coalition partners, researching digital health interventions, and engaging with C-TAC’s podcast series.

If you would like to connect with me, please feel free to reach out at htorabzadeh@thectac.org or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamidtorabzadeh/.

For more information about internship opportunities with C-TAC, please contact Luke Scuitto at lscuitto@thectac.org

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