"I truly believe that our students are the real champions because they're the ones who take the tests and struggle with tremendous obstacles," said Barrena. "We are merely the ones who provide support and try to ensure that they have a safe place where they can develop and realize their potential."
David Hayes-Bautista, PhD, is currently a professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CSLAC) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He established CSLAC, which houses his research and provides an important resource for medical students, health care providers, and public health officials working to care for Latino patients. He is also the director of Drew Center, dedicated to increasing the number of minority physicians in clinical and academic careers.
"The peak year for underrepresented minority enrollment in medical schools was 1992 and since then it has dropped off dramatically for Latinos, African-Americans and American Indians," said Hayes-Bautista. "My big message this year is the disappearing, underrepresented minority medical student. Our communities need those providers."
A staunch believer in the power of community college education, Dean
Linda Squires-Grohe has led efforts to create, develop and expand 24
health-occupation programs that graduate more than 430 students per year,
|SOURCE The California Wellness Foundation|
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