The California Wellness Foundation is proud to honor its 2007 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award recipients. Each will receive a $25,000 grant acknowledging his commitment to increasing diversity in the health professions.
Michael V. Drake, MD
A nationally recognized academic and administrator, Dr. Michael Drake is passionate about medicine, public service and education. He is the current chancellor of UC Irvine. His efforts to increase diversity in the UC system’s health-profession schools have elevated him as an expert and leader in recruiting and retaining minority students.
Hector Flores, MD
Dr. Hector Flores is a career-long advocate for the medically underserved, with particular focus on increasing accountability and performance in the health system, greater distribution and diversity in the health care workforce, and redesign of the health care system. He co-founded and currently serves as the medical director of the Family Care Specialists Medical Group in East Los Angeles, which has four offices strategically located in health-professions shortage areas.
Ernest C. Levister, Jr., MD, FACP
Dr. Ernest C. Levister is a highly regarded advocate for the underrepresented and for dismantling health care disparities. He practices internal and occupational medicine in San Bernardino and has personally mentored students pursuing careers in medicine, engineering and education. He is a long-time health columnist for the Inland Empire Black Voice News.