Salar Khaleghzadegan wants to remove the barriers that prevent many in Baltimore from leading a healthy life. Salar is interested in a career in medicine, health policy, and social justice. His experiences with the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape program and the non-profit organization Health Leads have inspired him to be part of a movement to address health disparities that are present in Baltimore and across the nation.
Salar volunteers as an advocate with Health Leads at St. Agnes Hospital. He connects low-income patients with basic resources such as food, insurance, utility assistance, and housing. He enjoys getting to know his clients on a personal level and he is ever mindful of the social hurdles his clients face on a daily basis. One obstacle that leads to many health problems is the lack of access to healthy foods. Salar is troubled by the food deserts across Baltimore.