It's been a while! Have you been wondering what FACES has been up to?
It's been a while! Have you been wondering what FACES has been up to?
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It's been a while! Have you been wondering what FACES for the Future has been up to? Read on to learn more about our 2021-22 academic year activities, and our return to in-person programming this summer . . . 
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With generous funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the American Rescue Plan of 2021 – FACES implemented the Public Health Youth Corps in California, New Mexico, Colorado and Michigan and students focused their efforts on stopping the spread of COVID-19.  We can’t begin to explain how proud we are of their work!  We are SO proud in fact, that we want to share some impressive data with you.
Here are some of the AMAZING accomplishments of the FACES Public Health Youth Corps in this academic year!  

This summer, we brought students back in person with the annual FACES Summer Medical Academy. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted our traditionally in-person program to a virtual experience. While this pandemic is not over, we know students are itching for hands-on learning and connection with peers. And so, with their safety as our top priority, we created a 2-week hybrid experience, consisting of both in-person and virtual learning.
In week 1, students obtained 4 professional certifications: (1) Mental Health First Aid, (2) Basic Life Support (CPR), (3) Opioid Overdose Intervention, and (4) Stop the Bleed. They also received hands-on experience taking vital signs and suturing! In week 2, students participated in a virtual Medical Mystery, where they were challenged with solving a medical case of a 22-year-old woman with undiagnosed health issues with help from medical professionals.
Here's what some of the students had to say!
FSMA did an amazing job of creating a fun, productive, and engaging learning environment! I was able to meet new people and create new connections, both with my peers and in connecting to resources and the professionals we met. It was beyond enjoyable!

FSMA was incredibly hands-on and engaging. The workshops and trainings were well-selected and very informative. It truly included a variety of health care fields, allowing me to explore different interests in areas I had not thought about much before. The staff and guest speakers were very friendly, kind, and helpful.
A big thank you to the guest presenters, trainers, clinicians, and CSU East Bay Staff who helped make the 2022 FACES Summer Medical Academy happen. We couldn’t have done it without you.
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Sarah Murphy-Cook is the Program Coordinator for FACES for the Future in San Francisco. Sarah attended college at the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. After college she spent many years working with youth in the field of outdoor education. Her time instructing backpacking and canoe courses fostered a love for working with people, an appreciation for community and a passion for lifelong learning. Having worked a variety of jobs including time as an Emergency Medical Technician, Sarah recognizes the importance of access to information, mentorship and other supports that FACES provides. She hopes to support students in finding their own passions, and building upon their unique strengths. Sarah enjoys finding new food trucks, playing boards games with friends, and spending time in nature.
Dan Tran is the AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Development & Program Coordinator. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a minor in Global Health. Dan has volunteered with immigrant and refugee communities in the past. His experiences have made him realize the importance of having multilingual and culturally competent healthcare workers and support systems for young students, who he hopes to continue supporting through his work with FACES.
Priscilla Dueňas-Lopez is an AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Development and Program Coordinator. They graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Feminist Studies. Priscilla is passionate about social justice and has worked with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, primarily with access to resources and with outreach efforts. They hope to continue work with those who hold marginalized identities through their work with FACES for the future coalition.
Dayan Zakrzewski is the Program Coordinator for FACES for the Future in South Alameda County. Dayan graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s in Public Health Science. Afterwards, she pursued a career in the medical field as a behavioral therapist and clinical medical assistant in Urgent Care and Dermatology. During her free time, she volunteers at her community’s local crisis center and as a humanitarian aid in Nicaragua, Poland, and Ukraine. Dayan values the importance of mentorship, compassion and lifelong learning and hopes to support students in finding their own passions and pursuing their dreams. Dayan enjoys walking dogs, enjoying new foods with friends and hiking.
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life throughout California, across the nation and around the world. For more information about PHI programs, visit or contact PHI communications at
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