Tomás A. Magaña, MD, founder of FACES for the Future
See CalWellness.org's video of honoring Tomás A. Magaña for his efforts championing diversity in health professions.
First grad accepted to medical school - Linh Dao, '03
Linh Dao is the first graduate of the FACES for the Future program (now known as CHAMPS) at Children’s Hospital Oakland to be accepted to medical school. Linh attends David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
After graduating from the Life Academy High School in Oakland, Linh attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a BA in integrative biology. We wish her continued success!
CHAMPS is the Community Health & Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success at Children's Hospital Oakland. Formerly known as FACES for the Future, CHAMPS is a three-year internship program that introduces underrepresented minority high school students to health professions. The CHAMPS program collaborates with local high schools, health academies, colleges, universities, medical schools and residency programs.
Congratulations to Tomás A. Magana, MD, recipient of the Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award
Tomás A. Magana, MD, a co-founder of the FACES for the Future program (now known as CHAMPS) at Children’s Hospital Oakland, has been named one of three Champions of Health Professions Diversity award winners by The California Wellness Foundation. At a June 15 ceremony in Los Angeles, Dr. Magana received his award, along with a check for $25,000.
In 2000, Barbara Staggers, MD, Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine Children's Hospital Oakland partnered with Dr. Magana, MD to found FACES for the Future, a program to prepare disadvantaged high school students from under-represented ethnic groups for careers in healthcare and biomedical professions. The program evolved to become CHAMPS at Children’s Hospital Oakland in 2012
CHAMPS at Children’s Hospital Oakland offers students internships, mentorship, psychosocial support, and hands-on activities with clinicians at Children’s Hospital Oakland as part of its program. “Too many decisions are made without representation from our young kids, “said Dr. Magana. “Many of them have the answers. In fact, they’re some of the brightest and most insightful individuals in our community. Any service designed to serve young people—especially our most at-risk—must incorporate their voices.”