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Higher Education Leaders Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award
Date:5/24/2010

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 workforc
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