Two Santa Monica and Playa del Rey health educators are among three recipients statewide who will be honored with the 2012 Champions of Health Professions Diversity award by The California Wellness Foundation.

Santa Monica resident Lawrence “Hy” Doyle and Playa del Rey resident Angela Minniefield have been selected for their successful efforts to improve the health and wellness of California’s most underserved communities, according to the foundation. They will both be presented with the $25,000 award during a ceremony in San Francisco Tuesday, June 12.

Doyle, executive director of the Program in Medical Education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, works to provide skills and opportunities for disadvantaged students to enter and succeed in medical school.

Minniefield, the vice president of strategic advancement at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, previously directed programs to increase the diversity of the health professions at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in Sacramento.

“The honorees have dedicated their careers to helping California’s underrepresented minority students join the health workforce and improving health access and outcomes in underserved communities.” said Diana M. Bont‡, The California Wellness Foundation president and chief executive officer. “The foundation is proud to honor these leaders at our 10th consecutive awards ceremony and share this milestone with them.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of Californians by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.