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January 28, 2008

Adriana Godoy Leiss, TCWF
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The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointment

Woodland Hills, CA – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced the appointment of a new member, A. Eugene Washington, M.D.

“The Foundation is privileged to welcome Dr. Washington, a leader in the fields of epidemiology, women’s health and health policy,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. “His perspective will be valuable as we continue working toward our mission of improving the health of the people of California.”

Washington is executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and serves as professor of gynecology, epidemiology and health policy at UCSF’s School of Medicine. He is co-founder of the university’s Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, for which he was director from 1993 to 2005; and also co-founded the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center, which he led from 1997 to 2002. He was chair of the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences from 1996 to 2004. Washington has authored numerous research publications and institutional reports, and has served on many national and international expert panels, advisory boards and committees. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Over the past 15 years, TCWF has firmly established itself as a dynamic leader in promoting the wellness of Californians, particularly underserved populations,” Washington said. “Through the support of a broad range of Grantees and programs, it has provided timely, effective disease prevention and health services resulting in improved quality-of-life throughout the state. I am delighted to be joining the Board, and look forward to working with other directors and Foundation staff in building on TCWF’s success to have even greater impact.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation has a Responsive Grantmaking Program that prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities.

Since its founding in 1992, TCWF has awarded 5,034 grants totaling more than $622 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations, providing an average of $50 million in grants each year in pursuit of its mission. Please visit TCWF’s website at for more information.

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