By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- As soon as he decided to become a doctor during college, Raul Trejo knew he wanted to come back to the South Bay and contribute his skills and passion for health with his community.
"I always had that idea, always had that in mind: to come back to my family and the community that I knew," Trejo said. "South San Diego is very important for me."
Dr. Trejo, who currently works as a part-time clinical faculty for the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program and also works for the San Ysidro Health Center in its Chula Vista clinic, was one of seven Latino leaders in San Diego County recognized by the Mexican American Business & Professional Association (MABPA) this week with the Amigo Award for their high achievement and contribution to our community.
Some of the other local leaders presented with the Amigo Award this year include David Valladolid, of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), Captain Emilio Marrero, of the United States Navy, and Ed Martinez, of the San Ysidro Health Center.
In a statement, MABPA said that Dr. Trejo is being recognized because of his contributions to Latino health and for his constant work in eliminating health disparities among Latinos in the South Bay.
"With strong ties to Tijuana and the South Bay, Dr. Trejo's commitment to border health issues is admirable," said the statement from MABPA. "He continues to be a source of inspiration to residents and medical students he precepts in the clinic."
Dr. Marianne McKennett, Director of the Medical Education Program at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, said that "we're very pleased that Dr. Trejo will be honored for his hard work, dedication and commitment to meeting the health care needs of our community."
For Dr. Trejo, the award tells him that the work he's been doing for the past decade is benefiting all of the community...