The California Wellness Foundation is proud to present its 2012 Champions of Health Professions Diversity awardees. Each receives a cash award of $25,000 as an acknowledgment of their commitment to increasing California’s health care workforce and its diversity.
For more than three decades, Lawrence "Hy" Doyle has used his expertise in developing student test-taking abilities and learning skills to increase diversity in California's medical schools and to improve opportunities for disadvantaged students. He is currently the executive director of the Program in Medical Education (PRIME) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a five year dual degree program for medical students which supports the development of leadership skills for medical students who plan on working in medically underserved communities. Doyle also provides guidance to disadvantaged students through UCLA's Summer Medical and Dental Program and the UCLA Hispanic Center of Excellence.
As a mental health clinician, educator, consultant and administrator with a focus on mental health and substance abuse issues, Peter Manoleas has dedicated his career to ensuring that underserved communities of color have access to mental health services. Since 1983, Manoleas has been a lecturer and field work consultant at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He also maintains a private clinical practice based in Oakland and has served for more than 25 years on the board of directors for La Clínica de La Raza, which brings community to the forefront of delivering health care services.
Angela L. Minniefield worked for 20 years in state government advancing policies and programs that increase the number of underrepresented students in health professions. Minniefield recently became the vice president of strategic advancement at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. She previously held several leadership positions at the state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).