Founder and director of the Freedom Community Clinic, co-founder of the Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Bernadette Lim is only 26 years old, but she already has an impressive resume. Lim is graduating from a top medical school in 2022 and made waves when she announced that instead of applying to a residency, she planned on focusing all of her attention toward the Freedom Community Clinic (FCC), a grassroots organization she founded in 2019. The FCC’s mission is to integrate “ancestral, Indigenous and holistic healing with the strengths of Western medicine” for anyone who needs it. All of the FCC’s services are free or offered at a community scale — especially for Black, Indigenous and POC communities.
Before that, Lim was featured in dozens of publications during her time at Harvard University. Since undergrad, she has constantly advocated for women empowerment, community-centered and intersectional medicine and public health and healing for people in vulnerable and marginalized positions in society.
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