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Project L/EARN News and Events » Lorena Garcia receives 2012 Guarnaccia Award

Lorena Garcia receives 2013 Guarnaccia Award
August 2013. The 2013 Peter J. Guarnaccia “Project L/EARN Intern of the Year” Award goes to Lorena Garcia, an Applied Kinesiology major at Rutgers University. Ms. Garcia worked under the guidance of faculty mentor Dr. Susan Brownlee of the Center for State Health Policy to write a paper about “Physician Rejection of Health Insurance by Insurance Type and Patient Characteristics.” She is applying to physical therapy doctoral programs for next fall.


"L to R: Dr. Susan Brownlee, Lorena Garcia, Dr. Peter Guarnaccia.

The award was created to honor former Faculty Director Dr. Peter Guarnaccia for his dedication to developing and overseeing Project L/EARN. Each summer’s recipient is chosen by vote of his/her peers, based on their rankings of all interns in terms of dedication, passion, tenacity and work ethic – characteristics that Dr. Guarnaccia brought to the program and modeled to the interns in his role as director, guest lecturer, writing workshop teacher, and mentor.

Dr. Guarnaccia is a medical anthropologist at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. He stepped down as Faculty Director of Project L/EARN in 2008 after 12 years in that role under funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Ms. Garcia was referred to Project L/EARN by her ODASIS advisor, Adefemi Betiku, who won the Guarnaccia Award two years ago – nice evidence of intergenerational transmission of excellence as well as the kind of networking that occurs within the Project L/EARN family.

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