Okay so if you've been reading the weekly update at all for the past several months, our 10th birthday, isn't news. But we had such a good time at our celebration we wanted to share! More than 90 people attended the gathering at Azusa Pacific University including students and their families. It was exciting to hear directly from these young people who benefit from the coalition's efforts.
Youth from the student ambassador, White Coat, HOT, and LIFE programs came and shared how their experiences have given them direction and motivation to serve their communities through the healthcare. Juan Carlos Belliard, Director of the Institute for Community Partnerships at Loma Linda University and long-time supporter of the coalition, provided some remarks on the growth of IHPC. Claudia Sanchez, from Pomona Adult School and Maurice Myers from Don Lugo High School, delighted guest as they recounted their experiences as "pupil" vs teacher during their externships.
We also honored and recognized our Health Professions Conference sponsors, our IHPC Champion, American Medical Response, and nearly two hundred agencies, businesess, and individuals (represented by balloon cut outs on the walls) who work along side us to strengthen the health education pipeline. We were also able to raise another $297 towards the HOT scholarship program and awarded two worthy students $700 scholarships toward their eduction. Guests were moved as Neery Velazquez shared how much the HOT program has changed his life. Stephanie Pineda also received a scholarship at the event.
All the guest received a small take-home gift and a copy of the IHPC annual report, hot off the press! It was a party, after all so we played a few games (a little friendly competition), ate cake, and got to know one another just a little bit better. We are humbled and honored to work with each and every one of you. The spirit of dedication and determination to make a difference in the southern california region could be felt. Thank you for 10 years. We look forward to the next decade! See event photos.