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Mentors Who Support Students Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award
Date:6/3/2009

Guillermo J. Camacho, Shirley Flores-Munoz and Tomas A. Magana awarded $25,000 each for leadership in increasing diversity in the health professions

LOS ANGELES, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Guillermo J. Camacho, a dentist in West Covina, benefited from, and continues to give back to a program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, that encourages students of color to pursue health careers. Shirley Flores-Munoz of Watsonville founded and directs a program at Cabrillo College that helps disadvantaged students expand and reach their health career aspirations by providing mentorship and other support. Tomas A. Magana, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Oakland, started a collaborative program to bring high school students into local hospitals to pursue health careers.

On June 15, 2009, The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) honors these three leaders at its seventh annual "Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award" ceremony in Los Angeles. 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 understand the importance of mentoring our state's youth toward earning a college degree with a goal of securing a career in health care," said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. "Programs and support systems are needed to ensure the success of thousands of students who will be able to deliver culturally competent, language-proficient health care."


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