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Impact

“After seeing the different clinical lab departments, I realized what a fun career it can be. I know I’m interested in it because I was actually able to do some of the things that clinical lab scientists do on a daily basis … I love to work with tools and equipment to solve problems and situations. I think it’s meant to be!”

(FACES Health Scholars Academy Students)

 

 

Impact

“It’s like I was born to be in the medical field. My goals are to become a nurse. I find everything that nurses do to be really interesting. It makes me wish to be in their shoes. My current internship [Acute Care Department] made me realize I am not making a mistake. This is really what I want.”

(FACES Health Scholars Academy Students)

 


 

 


FACES for the Future Coalition

Tomás Magaña
Brooke Briggance

Leadership Team: FACES for the Future, St. Rose Hospital & Eden Area ROP
Leadership Team: FACES for the Future, San Diego
Leadership Team: FACES for the Future, Imperial Valley ROP

Tomás Magaña, M.D., M.A., F.A.A.P

Dr. Tomas Magana

Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, FAAP is a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute (PHI) in Oakland, CA, where he serves as Founding Director of the FACES for the Future Coalition, a collaborative of statewide programs designed to prepare youth for entry into college and careers in the health professions. Dr. Magaña co-founded and directed the original FACES program at Children’s Hospital in Oakland for 13 years, before moving operations of the program to PHI. Additionally, he is Founding Director of the FACES Summer Medical Academy, a project of the FACES Coalition at PHI. He is actively leading the efforts to disseminate and replicate the successful FACES model throughout the nation. 

Dr. Magaña is a board-certified pediatrician with special expertise in the care of at-risk children and adolescents. He is an Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Masters Physician Assistant Department at Samuel Merritt University, an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and also is a member of the pediatric medical staff at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, CA.. Previously, he was an Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, where he served as Medical Director of Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center and worked at the Youth Uprising School-Based Health Center in East Oakland, CA. 

California Wellness Foundation - 2009 Champions of Health Professions Diversity AwardDr. Magaña received his B.S from Cornell University, his M.A. in Endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where he was awarded the prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award. Subsequently, he completed his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where he received the Kerry Spooner-Dean Memorial Award for community service. Other honors include Finalist James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, Regional Jefferson Award (Silver Medal), The California Wellness Foundation’s Champion of Health Professions Diversity Award, Univisión Television’s Medalla al Mérito, Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Local Hero Award, and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Miracle Maker Award.

Dr. Magaña is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has served on a number of county, state and national advisory boards focusing on pediatric health issues, healthcare workforce development and cultural competency in medicine. He serves on the Boards of  the Seva Foundation, Vesper Society, and MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), and is a former member of the International Board of Directors and medical team for Amigos de las Americas, a program which promotes youth and community development in the U.S. and Latin America. He has co-led medical educational trips for college students to Africa, Australia and Asia with the International Scholar Laureate Program. 

A native of East Los Angeles, Dr. Magaña, who is the first in his family to attend college, has dedicated much of his life to serving underserved communities. He has a passion for programs that foster leadership, wellness and professional development for youth.

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Brooke Briggance

Brooke Briggance

Brooke is the Program Manager for the FACES for the Future Coalition at Public Health Institute where she provides professional support for current FACES programs across California, and oversees program development, program implementation and stakeholder engagement in new communities seeking a FACES program. She also provides administrative support for the Coalition including in the areas of development, management, and coordination of the FACES Summer Medical Academy in partnership with Samuel Merritt University.

Brooke comes from a multi-sector background in health, direct impact programming for children, youth and families, and public education non-profit work. She began her career in healthcare in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook in New York, and continued as lead Administrator for a private practice in Neurology. She has experience in administrative leadership and public education advocacy and reform, and served as the Executive Director of the Alameda Education Foundation where she oversaw a nationally recognized public awareness campaign highlighting the impact of cuts to public education in California. She has worked as a consultant assisting in projects ranging from school district redesign, community engagement, best practices for non-profits and development strategy. She most recently served as the Program Manager for the FACES for the Future program at Children’s Hospital Oakland before moving with the FACES for the Future Coalition to its new home at Public Health Institute in 2011.

Brooke became passionate about cultural competency when she completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Stony Brook in World Religions, and her graduate work in World Religions and Systemic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Originally from Michigan, she moved to California in 1999 and currently lives in Alameda with her three sons.

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