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“My passion is to lift up those in my community so that they may have an opportunity to receive the health care they need; mainly to whom have labor jobs and tend to have the highest injuries and sickness.”

“It made me feel good to know that someone believes in me and wants me to be successful.”

(FACES Students)





The New FACE of Healthcare

FACES for the Future Coalition Awarded Grant for National Replication!

The FACES team is honored and excited to announce that the program has been awarded a grant through the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health to further develop FACES programs in communities of need. Entitled the National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program, the intention of the grant is to continue efforts to create a skilled, diversified health workforce to positively impact health disparities facing communities of color.

This is the Coalition’s first award that will allow us to develop FACES programs nationally, building upon the lessons learned and success of our programs in California.

For more information about the FACES program, contact Brooke Briggance at 510-285-5653 or brooke.briggance@phi.org


FACES Program Highlighted in California Hospital Association Road Map

Released this week, FACES for the Future is highlighted in a new report as a best practice program for building internships for youth interested in health careers.

Over the past year, FACES for the Future Coalition staff participated in a working group gathered by the California Hospital Association.  Funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the group of health system professionals, educators and CBO’s worked to identify solutions and best practices to help hospitals and clinics develop a health pathway for youth interested in the health professions.  The roadmap includes tools and guidance in establishing internships, talks about the return on investment for hospitals interested in diversifying their workforce, and leads readers through some exercises to determine readiness.

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For more information about how you can build a FACES for the Future program, contact Brooke Briggance at brooke.briggance@phi.org / 510-285-5653


FACES for the Future – Behavioral Health Pathway Starts a New Year!

FACES BHP First Day 2015

The room was full of excitement as a new group of students arrived for their first day of the FACES Behavioral Health Pathway this week! The program is located in Oakland, CA and is a partnership between Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, La Clínica de La Raza and the FACES for the Future Coalition at Public Health Institute. 

In its second year, the program serves underrepresented, minority students who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in mental and behavioral health by providing academic support, life skills training and wellness services, and work-based learning through internships. 

Led by Eric Waters, LCSW, the students were trained as juniors and certified in Mental Health First Aid to prepare them for their internships at behavioral health agencies in the community. The program has value not only for the students but helps to grow and diversify the behavioral health workforce with multi-lingual, multi-cultural students who often come from lived-experience backgrounds.


FACES for the Future Partners with Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II)

The United States is one of the most diverse nations in the world, yet our global health workforce often does not represent the full spectrum of our citizens. 

FACES for the Future is really proud of our new partnership with Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) and USAid. Many of the students we work with in FACES programs come from an immigrant, multi-lingual and multi-cultural experience.  Perhaps more importantly, they come with lived experiences that make them better able to serve patient populations who suffer from the impacts of poverty, trauma and displacement.

In an effort to capture our students’ inherent skills and distance traveled to better serve communities oversees, FACES has partnered with GHFP-II to build curriculum for youth interested in a career in global health.  The goal of this work is to build sustainable pathways for high school students interested in working in global health and to bring their assets to the effort of the United States to positively impact the world’s health and well-being.

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About the FACES for the Future Coalition

FACES for the Future Students

The FACES for the Future Coalition is a collaborative of statewide programs, all based upon the FACES model, working to address health equity for all communities through the training and empowerment of young people. FACES for the Future is a comprehensive approach to student learning and well-being. A pipeline education program focused on transitioning youth into the health professions, our programs create tomorrow's health leaders by offering health career exploration, academic support, psycho-social intervention and youth leadership development. Our Coalition works together to refine best practices, exchange resources, and provide a foundation for shared opportunities for the youth we serve in all our locations.
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FACES Summer Program Featured on NBC Bay Area Proud

NBC Bay Area ProudDr. Magaña says, like most physicians, he began his career believing that treating illnesses would be the way he would save his patients lives. But then Dr. Magaña, a pediatrician, began practicing medicine in inner-city Oakland.

"The leading cause of death for adolescents is trauma, followed by homicide, followed by suicide," Dr. Magaña says. "That's very hard for a pediatrician, because I'm trained for pathology."

Dr. Magaña soon realized if he was going to save lives, he would have to broaden the ways he did it. So in 2000 he started what is now the Faces For The Future Coalition.

read moreTo see what Faces does, and how Dr. Magaña uses his own personal story to inspire young, at-risk teens, watch Garvin Thomas' story on NBC Bay Area Proud.


The FACES Program Gains National Recognition

FACES Program on NBC Making A Difference

Dr. Tomás Magaña, Founding Director of the FACES Coalition, was recently featured on NBC Nightly News’ “Making a Difference” segment for his work in improving the lives of at-risk youth through education and career training. Dr. Magaña explains his reasons for creating the FACES program model, and in another video, shares why there is an imperative to build a healthcare workforce through training and empowerment of youth.

read moreTo view the news segment and read the accompanying article on the NBC website, click here.


What Undocumented Students Really Look Like

At FACES for the Future we work with all kinds of high school students from across the state of California. Sometimes that means supporting a young person who is undocumented in finding a pathway to college and a career in the health care industry. Considering that California represents 25% of the undocumented immigrants in the nation, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Despite misrepresentations in the media, most undocumented students are hard working and show tremendous resiliency in achieving high school graduation and preparation for college.

Recently FACES for the Future Coalition staff attended a training presented by Educators for Fair Consideration. E4FC provides valuable information for educators, families and students who need to learn more about what is and is not available to undocumented students. 

Download a PDF from E4FC that provides basic information and other resources to learn more about how documentation affects college bound students.


The Importance of FACES for the Future Programs in California’s Rural Communities

With so much attention given to the challenges faced by young people in our nation’s cities, it can be easy to overlook the needs of students in rural America. If we examine FACES for the Future – Imperial Valley as an example, it becomes clear why continued investment in rural students interested in health careers is a necessity for California.
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