Los Angeles - Angela Minniefield will be honored by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) as the 2012 Champion of Health Professions Diversity for her successful efforts to improve the health and wellness of California’s most underserved communities. On June 12, 2012, TCWF honored Minniefield along with two other leaders at its tenth annual “Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award” ceremony in San Francisco. In recognition of her efforts to mentor and inspire students, increase access to higher education and better serve the health and well-being of California’s underserved and disadvantaged communities, she received a cash award of $25,000.
Minniefield worked for 20 years in the state government advancing policies and programs that increase the number of underrepresented students in health professions. Minniefield recently became the vice president of strategic advancement at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She had previously held several leadership positions at the state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, including deputy director of the Healthcare Workforce Development Division. Minniefield states, “Not only is increasing access to higher education imperative in developing and diversifying California’s health workforce, there is also a direct relationship between one’s educational background and his or her own health status.”
The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health and work and work and health. It also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities
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