Padres Press Release
Local Doctor Raul Trejo To Receive First Padres Comunidad Award
Physician to be honored Friday for his impact and leadership in the area of children’s health
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced the recipient of the first of three Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards. Dr. Raul Trejo of the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program has been selected by members of the Padres’ Hispanic Community Leadership Council (HCLC) for his dedication to improving the lives of families and youth, specifically in the area of children’s health. He will be honored before Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Miami Marlins.
In addition to working as a part-time clinical faculty member for the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program and the San Ysidro Health Center, Dr. Trejo created the Palomar High School Clinic, where students and families of the Palomar High School community are able to access limited, no-cost health care. He also established a mentoring program at Southwest High School for students interested in careers in medicine.
“Dr. Trejo is the kind of community leader the Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards were designed to honor,” said Padres President Tom Garfinkel. "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."
Dr. Trejo grew up in San Ysidro and attended the University of California, Berkeley before completing his medical training at Harvard Medical School. Following his 2003 graduation from the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program, he completed a fellowship in Faculty Development, with an emphasis in Underserved Medicine, at the University of California, 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,” said Dr. Trejo. “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.”
The Padres’ Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Awards were established this season to recognize and pay tribute to individuals or organizations whose work makes a positive impact on those who live and work in San Diego’s Hispanic community. In support of the Padres Foundation’s community vision, three awards will be given throughout the year, one each in the areas of children’s health (LIVE), children’s education (LEARN) and youth baseball/softball or youth fitness (PLAY)
The Padres are now accepting nominations of individuals or organizations who display leadership in the area of children’s education. The two remaining nomination and recognition periods are outlined below. Nominations may be submitted online at www.padres.com/community and www.padresbeisbol.com/comunidad.
April 23 – June 4, 2012
Nominations will be accepted for individuals or organizations whose emphasis is in the area of children’s education. The winning individual or organization will be honored on the field before the Padres home game on Sunday, July 6, 2012.
June 25 – August 1, 2012
Nominations will be accepted for individuals or organizations whose emphasis is in the area of youth baseball/softball or youth fitness. The winning individual or organization will be honored on the field before the Padres home game on Friday, August 17, 2012.
All three Hispanic Heritage Comunidad Award winners will be honored on the field before the Padres game on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, as part of Hispanic Heritage Night festivities.