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Our members know their states! This week we hear from our California members, Amanda and Bally about what they know and love about CA.

Name: Amanda Huynh, Bally Nagra 

City, State: Sacramento, California

Organization: Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development

How long have you lived in California? Why do you choose to live there? 30 years. The food is fantastic, weather is perfect, diverse population, top in the technology industry. 

What are the best cultural events that happen in California? Golden Globes, Farm to Fork Food Event, Bay To Breakers Race, Coachella Music Festival, California State Fair, Nascar Racing, Cherry Blossom Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Why should a health professional choose California over surrounding states? California has a lot to offer from diverse weather, beaches, vineyards, national parks, hiking trails, camping, and iconic cities with rich history.  

What loan repayment programs does California have? State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) and Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF)

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in California? In California there remains a critical need for primary care physicians. California's J-1 Visa Waiver Program gives priority to applications from primary care physicians who will work in federally designated underserved areas. Primary care physicians include: internist, family practice, pediatrician, psychiatrist, and OB/GYN.

Are healthcare professionals valued in California? Yes, California's racial and ethnic landscape is unique and the need for physicians that mirror the diversity of the state is crucial to improving the health and wellness of Californians. 

Why do people travel to California? As a popular tourist destination, there is something for everyone - cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, & Los Angeles have amazing history and many desirable attractions. 

What sports teams does California have? NBA - Lakers, Warriors, Clippers, Kings; NFL - 49ers, Raiders, Chargers, Rams; MLB - Dodgers, Giants, A's, Angels, Padres; NHL - Sharks, Kings, Ducks  

What is your favorite local food? Mexican Food 

What is California best known for? The Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood Industry, Yosemite National Park, Alcatraz, Disneyland, Silicon Valley Technology, Farm to Fork Movement 

What is the biggest misconception about California? Everyone surfboards; we are hippies; we want to be a celebrity; we are terrible drivers 

What are the biggest industries in California? Technology Industry (Apple, Google, Facebook), Agricultural Industry, Entertainment Industry (Hollywood)

How is the weather/climate in California? Much of California has a Mediterranean-like climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

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