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Higher Education Leaders Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award
Date:6/3/2008

Juanita Barrena, David Hayes-Bautista and Linda Squires-Grohe Awarded

$25,000 Each for Leadership in Increasing Diversity in the Health

Professions

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Three extraordinary higher education leaders will be honored as the 2008 Champions of Health Professions Diversity by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Juanita Barrena has played a pivotal role in promoting diversity in the health professions in California since becoming a faculty member at Sacramento State University in 1975. David Hayes-Bautista is an internationally recognized researcher on the culture and health of Latinos, and is a teacher and mentor at the University of California, Los Angeles. As dean of health at the City College of San Francisco, Linda Squires-Grohe has led important efforts to establish and expand health-occupation programs that graduate hundreds of students each year, the majority of whom are from underrepresented minority communities.

On June 9, 2008, TCWF will honor these three leaders at its sixth annual "Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award" ceremony in San Francisco. In recognition of their efforts to reduce entry barriers and to ensure the success of underrepresented minorities in the health workforce, the honorees will each receive a cash award of $25,000.

"These three leaders have proactively addressed barriers to entering higher education and training programs and developed support systems that have ensured the success of thousands of students who are now delivering culturally competent, language-proficient health care," said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. "However, 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 or careers in health fields."

Juanita Barrena

Juanita Barrena, PhD, is currently a professor of biological
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