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Higher Education Leaders Receive TCWF Champions Of Health Award

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Sandra Daley, Ronald Garcia and Jeffrey Oxendine awarded $25,000 each for leadership in increasing diversity in the health professions

Three extraordinary higher education leaders will be honored as the 2010 Champions of Health Professions Diversity by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF).

University of California San Diego Associate Chancellor Sandra P. Daley has advocated for academic enrichment programs that reach disadvantaged students, as early as in middle school, who are interested in health and science careers.

Stanford University’s Ronald D. Garcia developed a nationally recognized admissions procedure that considers the whole path a student applicant has taken, leveling the playing field and increasing the diversity of the student population.

Jeffrey S. Oxendine, at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, uses his background in business and public health to create programs that develop and increase diversity in the health workforce.

On June 14, 2010, TCWF will honor these three leaders at its eighth annual “Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award” ceremony in San Francisco. In recognition of their efforts to reach out, mentor and support disadvantaged students preparing for health careers, the honorees will each receive a cash award of $25,000.

Increasing California’s health workforce and its diversity is important for improving the health of Californians. Our state’s population continues to grow and, by 2020, it will be older and significantly more ethnically and racially diverse.

Already there are shortages of workers in nearly all sectors of the health workforce. A workforce that mirrors the racial and ethnic diversity of California will provide the cultural competence and language proficiency necessary to provide highquality health care for all Californians.

“Given the changing demographics of our state and the current shortage of health workers, we must encourage and support young people in California to consider pursuing jobs and careers in health fields,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO.

“These leaders have pioneered programs and policies that track, support and guide students on a path from underresourced schools to higher education and health professions.”

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