May 8, 2006
Senior Sarah Broker honored for work with
UCSC senior Sarah Broker has received a Santa Cruz County Board
of Supervisors Outstanding County Volunteers Award.
Ron Dudley, benefits advocate at the Homeless Persons Health Project,
and UCSC senior Sarah Broker, at the ceremony recognizing Broker as a recipient of a Santa Cruz
County Board of Supervisors Outstanding County Volunteers Award.
Photo: Caroline Berger
a health-sciences major, was recognized for her work at the
Homeless Persons Health Project, where she volunteers through
her UCSC health sciences internship.
Broker's internship is part of a federally funded demonstration
project to help eligible, chronically homeless individuals secure
Supplemental Security Income Benefits. Broker researches and
documents clients' information on their disability, and medical
and work history, and then writes briefs which are forwarded
to a judge for final determination on the benefits award. As
a result of Broker's work, judges have found in favor of four
clients who were previously denied benefits.
Students majoring in health sciences at UCSC are required to
do an internship in a community health care setting and become
proficient in Spanish, in addition to taking the standard science
courses required for admission to medical school. The Spanish
language and internship requirements make the program unique
in the UC system.