Women’s health physician recognized with access to care award
2022By Physicians for a Healthy California Leadership Awards
Inland Empire OB/GYN Guillermo Valenzuela, M.D., MBA, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Physicians for a Healthy California Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care and Disparities Award. This award honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated extraordinary interest and efforts toward improving access to health care or reducing health care disparities in California.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Valenzuela has provided care, opportunities and financial grants to underserved communities in the Inland Empire. He chairs the Women's Health Department of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he continues to deliver babies and mentor resident physicians. In this role, Dr. Valenzuela operates primary care clinics that serve 20,000 families, with the clinics’ providers reflecting the ethnicity, religion, orientation, race and gender of the communities they serve.
Dr. Valenzuela is also currently conducting research on best practices to integrate behavioral health in diverse primary care settings, including studies in unconscious bias, Black maternal health and meaningful adoption of health technology in Hispanic communities.
Dr. Valenzuela established the Guillermo J Valenzuela Foundation to support community health initiatives and to increase the number of physicians in the Inland Empire. To date, the foundation has provided more than $2 million in grants.