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Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA

Program Director

Tomás A. Magaña, M.D., M.A., F.A.A.P. founded and directs the FACES for the Future Coalition, and leads national dissemination of the FACES program models. Dr.  Magaña co-founded the FACES program in 2000 to improve health outcomes for at-risk adolescents, respond to imperatives for building a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce, and address workforce shortages in healthcare professions.

Dr. Magaña is a board certified pediatrician with expertise in care of at-risk children and is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth.

Dr. Magaña is Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and a Lead Physician at La Clinica de La Raza in the Department of School-Based Health Centers.  He previously served as Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where he served as Medical Director of Alameda County’s Juvenile Justice Center. Dr. Magaña is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Commissioner of First 5 Alameda County, and has served on several county, state and national advisory boards.

Honors include the Jefferson Award (Gold Medal) for Public Service, The California Wellness Foundation’s Champion of Health Professions Diversity Award, Univisión’s Medalla al Mérito, Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, and UCSF’s Gold-Headed Cane Award.

Dr. Magaña earned a Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley and a Medical Degree from the UCSF School of Medicine.

FACES - Supporting Health Career Pathways

FACES for the Future Coalition will work to improve student awareness and knowledge of health careers by implementing work-based learning opportunities and by aligning school curricula with these opportunities in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

FACES Coalition, Capacity Building Project with Roosevelt High School

FACES will work with Roosevelt High School’s Health Academy in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA to support development of curriculum and work-based learning opportunities for Academy students. The overall objective is to support a Health Academy in a Building Healthy Community and create meaningful learning opportunities for minority students interested in health careers, to stabilize their pathway to employment, and to support development of a culturally representative health workforce for the community.

FACES for the Future - John O’Connell High School

The FACES for the Future Coalition will oversee the establishment of a new FACES for the Future program at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco.  This program will introduce students to career pathways into healthcare, public health, and behavioral health while supporting them with academic interventions, the coordination of wellness services, referrals to outside agencies when needed, and youth leadership development opportunities.

FACES for the Future Coalition

FACES for the Future Coalition will provide technical assistance to existing programs, replicate the program in new communities of need, evaluate impact across programs to standardize best practices and innovate the program model through curriculum development and new program design.  Funding supports sustainability for the San Francisco program, planning for the Sacramento program, and building operational capacity for dissemination of best practices and expertise in the field.

FACES for the Future Coalition: A Mentorship Model to Advance Collaborative Pipelines for Student Success

FACES for the Future designs programs that target interventions to support disadvantaged minority youth in underserved communities.  FACES programs provide comprehensive “wrap-around” services including health careers training, academic enrichment, psychosocial support and intervention, and youth leadership development.  For this project, FACES for the Future Coalition will 1) scale its program replication strategy to a national level in Detroit, MI and Dona Ana County, NM, 2) continue to grow its state-wide replication in California, 3) develop a program-to-program mentorship model to better support emerging programs and to create a community of learning and practice across programs, and 4) increase outreach efforts to disseminate the programs’ impact as well as to better connect with FACES for the Future Alumni entering into the health care workforce.

FACES for the Future Core Support

Core operational support to sustain to provide technical assistance to existing FACES for the Future Coalition to continue to provide health professions programming for students in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Imperial Valley.

FACES for the Future San Francisco - Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School

In partnership with the Bayview YMCA and Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, FACES for the Future Coalition connects students enrolled in the school's Academy of Health Sciences to work-based learning, academic enrichment, wellness support, and leadership development opportunities. In order to fulfill their commitment to creating equitable access to the health professions pathway, there is no minimum GPA requirement for participation. This project is funded through the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families.


FACES for the Future – Health Scholars Academy

The FACES Health Scholars Academy is a multi-year program to prepare at-risk, disadvantaged high school youth for careers in the health professions.  Students receive: 1) education to prepare them for health careers and internships in hospital departments and community clinics; 2) academic support, enrichment and college preparation activities; 3) wellness support and interventions when required to address psychosocial and environmental stressors that may impede student achievement; and 4) opportunities for youth leadership.

FACES for the Future – Summer Medical Academy

The FACES Summer Medical Academy is a tuition-based, intensive summer experience designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing and allied health professions. The goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training, while familiarizing young people with critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive, compassionate and patient-centered health care practice.

FACES Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School

FACES for the Future Coalition will expand its work with the San Francisco Unified School District to serve students at Philip & Sala Burton High School, serving students from the city's Bayview-Hunter's Point District. The objectives of this partnership are to increase the number of SFUSD students with access to health professions-focused, work-based learning experiences and to introduce FACES to the Burton High School community

FACES Program Support

The purpose of the FACES for the Future Coalition at PHI is: 1) to develop, standardize and consistently evaluate the FACES for the Future program toolkit; 2) to provide capacity-building support and professional expertise in existing FACES programs throughout California to ensure program stability and share best practices; and 3) to mindfully and strategically replicate the FACES for the Future program model in other California communities in need.

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