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Summer with PHI's FACES for the Future Coalition

July 11, 2019 | Originally published by the FACES for the Future Coalition

Ever wonder what PHI's FACES does during the summer? In this blog, the FACES team shines their spotlight on two programs. They also welcome back alumni who have returned as Student Advisors for the next generation of students. 

Program Spotlight: FACES Arroyo Summer Credit Recovery Program

Last year, FACES piloted a summer credit recovery program at Arroyo High School in partnership with San Lorenzo Unified School District. The goal was to serve students who are interested in health professions, but who may need to recover some credits to graduate from high school. So FACES partnered with SLZUSD to build a credit-bearing summer school program—but instead of participating in traditional summer school classes, FACES Arroyo students earn high school credit by completing FACES competency trainings, clinical skills workshops, and health internships. This summer, our second cohort of students have completed their training and begun internships in diagnostic imaging, skilled nursing facilities, pharmacies, and community clinics.

Thank you to SLZUSD and our network of industry partners for making this summer program possible.


Program Spotlight: FACES Albuquerque Public Health Youth Corps

The FACES Albuquerque Public Health Youth Corps (PHYC) summer program is underway in partnership with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Through this pilot program, FACES students learn about community and public health, participate in 56 hours of practicum experiences at Lovelace Medical Center, and graduate with a Community Health Worker certificate from CNM. 

Piloted during the academic year in Sacramento, CA, the innovative FACES PHYC model is designed to expose youth to the field of public health while arming them with a series of professional certifications that support their employability. Moreover, FACES PHYC students are prepared with skills that allow them to intervene in case of health emergencies in their communities.  


Coming Full Circle: FACES Alumni Return to Run FSMA

Our 2019 FSMA Student Advisors, from left to right: Karina de Leon, Conor Collins, Rachel D'Lima, Treyvonn Chadwick, Elizabeth Storrs.

Catching up with our alumni is always a highlight—and this summer, we have the privilege of welcoming 3 FACES alumni as Student Advisors for our summer programming! Treyvonn Chadwick graduated from FACES Hayward and is currently a 3rd-year student at Sierra College studying Biological Science and Health Science.  Rachel D’Lima completed the FACES Behavioral Health Undergraduate Summit, and is now a rising 4th-year undergraduate student at San Diego State University studying nutrition. Lizzie Storrs graduated from the FACES Summer Medical Academy and is currently a rising 3rd-year Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology major at University of California, Santa Cruz. All three alumni have returned as Student Advisors, and will lead their own small groups of FACES Summer Medical Academy students through the 2-week program. 

Treyvonn says, "In high school, the FACES program inspired me to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. I'm excited to come back to FACES as a Student Advisor and share what I've learned with students in the summer program." We are thrilled to welcome Treyvonn, Rachel and Lizzie back to our programming this summer.