SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Dr. Raul Trejo will receive the first of this season's three San Diego Padres Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards Friday night, when he will be honored for his efforts to improve the lives of families and youth in the field of children's health in a ceremony at Petco Park before the team plays the Miami Marlins.
Trejo is a part-time clinical faculty member in the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program and the San Ysidro Health Center. He created the Palomar High School Clinic, which provides limited, free health care to students and their families.
"Dr. Trejo is the kind of community leader the Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards were designed to honor," Padres President Tom Garfinkel said.
"Leading by example, Dr. Trejo has created and implemented programs that directly impact young people in the South Bay, influencing and inspiring them to pursue their medical career goals and always remembering the importance of service."
Trejo was raised in San Ysidro, attended UC Berkeley and completed his medical training at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003 and completed a fellowship in faculty development, with an emphasis in underserved medicine, at UC San Diego.
"One of the pleasures I have in working with medical students is that many of them have the desire to return to their own communities," Trejo said.
"It is my goal to support those dreams. I think it is very important to hold myself and resident medical students accountable, because the community looks up to us."
Nominations of individuals and organizations for the Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Award in children's education are being accepted through June 4 at padres.com/community and padresbeisbol.com/comunidad. The recipient will be honored before the Padres' game July 6.
Nominations of individuals and organizations for the final award of the season, which will be in youth baseball, softball and youth fitness, will be accepted from June 25-Aug. 1. The award will be presented at the Aug. 17 game.
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