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PHI's Tomás Magaña Receives Latino Heritage Leadership Award

October 18, 2017

September 15th through October 15th marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. On Friday, October 13th, 2017 in Hayward, CA, Senator Bob Wieckowski recognized four outstanding community leaders for their contributions to the 10th Senate District at his 5th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony. FACES Founding Director, Dr. Tomás Magaña, was a recipient of the award for his "work at FACES for the Future Coalition preparing disadvantaged youth for entry into college and careers in the health professions."


FACES for the Future hosts a program at St. Rose Hospital program (FACES St. Rose), located in Hayward, CA. Established in 2007, FACES St. Rose is a two-year program which motivates and prepares underrepresented youth for entry into careers in all areas of the health professions. Partnering with the Eden Area Regional Occupations Program in Hayward, FACES provides high school students with unique opportunities to learn from healthcare professionals in various hospital settings and explore career options in the health professions. Additionally, students benefit from academic enrichment opportunities, including individualized tutoring and college preparation activities, leadership training, and multi-faceted psychosocial support services, including one-on-one case management. The program also provides support to alumni by assisting them with job/internship placements, academic/career guidance and ongoing life coaching.


FACES St. Rose reaches out to socio-economically, disadvantaged youth in Southern Alameda County who are at risk for dropping out of high school and who have been exposed to poverty, violence, family dysfunction, language and cultural barriers. Our proven leadership methods encourage students to meet their achievement goals beginning in high school. FACES St. Rose students are able to put “principals into practice” by becoming involved in community events throughout the county that promote healthy lifestyles and positive social change.


Dr. Magaña co-founded the FACES program in 2000 to improve health outcomes for at-risk adolescents, respond to imperatives for building a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce, and address workforce shortages in healthcare professions. He is also a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in care of at-risk children and is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth.


Learn more about FACES for the Future

The FACES for the Future Coalition delivers the highly successful FACES program model to communities seeking to prepare high school students for entry into the health professions by developing their own pipeline programs. FACES incorporates best practices in adolescent medicine, innovative pedagogy,and community engagement. Taken together, the model addresses the diverse needs of young people interested in healthcare careers, and prepares students to meet the challenges of impending health workforce shortages and worsening health disparities.

Learn more about how FACES is making a difference.