Oaklander Jalia Tucker Realizes Lifelong Dream to Become a Doctor


Jalia Tucker, a native Oaklander who attended public schools in Oakland, is realizing her lifelong dream – to become a doctor of medicine.

In her early years, Jalia soon showed her independence and determination to succeed at her goals. After a few mornings of walking to school with her mother, Jalia told her mom she wanted her own alarm clock so she could wake up on her own.

She has always taken charge of her education, determined to achieve her educational goal. She worked hard throughout high school, undergraduate and graduate studies.

And now 12 years later, she has achieved and accomplished her dream. Along the way, there were teachers and mentors, one in particular was fifth-grade teacher Cheryl Wilson at Crocker Highlands Elementary School in Oakland, who inspired

Jalia and insisted she should never waver from her goal.

Additionally, Linda Collins of Lifelong Medical Care in Berkeley mentored and supported Jalia in one of her salient experiences as a health educator in the AmeriCorps Community Health Corps program.

One of Jalia’s greatest successes was to develop a weekly hypertension class where patients could receive a free blood pressure screening and other free weekly education sessions on prevention and control of hypertension.

She motivated and inspired individuals with very diverse backgrounds and values to positively impact their health and the health of their communities.

In June, Jalia graduated with honors from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine in Chicago, Illinois with a medical degree.

One of her proud moments, while attending medical school in Chicago was working as a Family Medicine Leads Scholar, where she developed a project that provided referral resources for adolescents with mental health disorders. She served as liaison between primary care and mental health care to assist family physicians with valuable insights on how to integrate mental health in primary care.

Family and friends gathered recently to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Jalia K. Tucker, at a graduation party at the Oakland Lake Merritt Sailboat House, hosted by her mother Pearl Madison and sister Neemeka Tucker.

For the next three years, Dr. Tucker will be in Cleveland, Ohio, as a resident at Case Western University Hospital, ranked one of the nation’s best.


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