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The Molina Family Values Video Tanscript

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my parents taught us to work hard and
always put others before ourselves work
harden and do good things for other
people we were raised with that a strong
value in education and back before
social entrepreneurship was actually a
term they just did it they did it
because it was the right thing to do
help others help others that are less
fortunate use the talents and skills
that you've been given and developed to
help make the world a better place so
they taught it just by doing they were
great examples dad was a general
practitioner who then went into
emergency medicine ran an emergency room
in Long Beach at a community hospital
and noticed that there were a lot of
people who came to the emergency room
really didn't have emergencies but
didn't have a primary care doctor to see
so he opened a clinic and that ended up
growing to a dozen clinics and more and
then eventually became willing
healthcare you know there was there was
a time when I was a new doctor in
practice and I was working in
Placerville which is in the Sierras in a
rural clinic and I had a patient come in
and and he was brought in by his
neighbors and it was a situation where
he was diabetic and not doing well he
didn't feel well and so I started
talking to him as I've been trained I
was a new doctor and and went through
all the usual questions and then I found
that he actually lived in the forest
and lived in what we would probably call
a shack in the forest and when he needed
care he would go out into his front yard
area and fire off a shotgun his
neighbor's nearest neighbors hearing the
shotgun blast would come and get him and
take him to the doctor and I had to
adjust how I approached him and how I
treated him as as treating someone that
really didn't have a lot of the
conveniences like electricity and things
like that that you or I might have and
it was it was there that I learned
really firsthand that you really need to
meet people where they are and and I did
and he did well within the constraints
of his life and there are more people in
the world who come from all sorts of
different places whether it's their
social background or their physical
background where they're coming from
that are different than alike you just
have to meet everybody where they are I
just remember us slowly adding more
offices I remember them going out and
applying for new contracts the you know
r1 office started out in a very small I
mean we're literally in the back office
of the doctor's office and then we moved
to a business center and you know that
went from five ten people to moving
downtown and it just slowly organically
grew as they expanded and you know but
what I will tell you and I don't know
this is typical but it never lost that
family feeling I know that sounds a
little I don't know if it sounds trite
but
it was always it was always always about
the the patient first and I'm dad
ensured that by making sure that it was
a doctor who was a medical director and
as a grue was different people wasn't
just dad were the ones making those
decisions it didn't come down to the
finances while that was important it was
always always always the mantra the
patient comes first I don't know that
there was a particular aha moment I
think it was all those little moments
building on it you know I saw that mom I
remember there was some huge thing
called the she was that called
like the milk drive anyway it was a huge
PTA the entire city got around it and it
was a lot of time and effort and hard
work but every year mom was part of this
event I know that like I said with dad
it was we have an open house it didn't
work out and just that perseverance and
it wasn't always easy but you did it so
I think it was all those little moments
along my life that it just became second
nature I think that learning about other
people's cultures getting to know people
that's how relationships are built if
you can find something in common with
other people that makes everybody
stronger that makes everybody feel
valued that makes everybody come
together I think that it's a way to
honor both my dad and my mom it's a way
for people to see that this is really I
don't know I feel like it's not that
unusual
we are hard-working family we were able
to build something pretty incredible but
we're not that different from other
people it's about hard work it's about
family it's about relationships so the
legacy I guess that's the legacy that I
want I want that commonality from a very
early age we were taught that family is
the most important thing
it's about making sure that when when
everything goes to hell and I think that
that happens to everybody in their life
that the people that you can turn to the
people that will be there for you or
your family and so we want to instill
that tradition that sense of family and
that's why we named it after our Father
and I think that you know this is
something that our kids grandkids
great-grandkids
can look at and appreciate and share and
say this is what you get for hard work
this is how you make your stamp in life
I would just say that I am very blessed
to belong to a family that is as close
as we are and that is as giving both
personally and professionally and I am
very humbled by my siblings and I when I
look at what they've achieved it's a
credible credit to my parents you
wouldn't know it by talking to me but
the Molina's really are very humble
people and I think that's you know part
of how our parents raised us don't talk
about it do it you don't have to brag
and so what I hope and I think that's a
very common Latino trait and so what I
hope is for others to see this and say
hey they did I can do it and they'll
contribute as well
helping others is very important to my
family and that was a cornerstone if you
can where you can when you can help my
mom used to say say little do much when
you helped it wasn't to get other
people's attention it wasn't to get
glory or someone to notice you it was to
help because that's the right thing to
do
I think that we see our culture through
our values again family first to me
that's a big part of my Latino
experience in my Latino culture it's
family first and taking care of your
family there is always the food I love
to cook and I was cooking last night so
food is on my mind but it was important
and we have a lot of the same traditions
we've had every year for holidays we had
the same the same dinner we've had for
Thanksgiving I for the same dinner for
47 years it never strays are the same
traditions for Christmas we mark a lot
of our holidays and a lot of our
gatherings by food and things you cook
at certain times of the year night I
think it's important I think it's nice a
connection to your past giving back is
important to us but I think it's
exciting and I think people will be
interested to come and see what the
Latino culture is about and how Latinos
have added to the fabric of America I
don't think that a lot of people really
see past some of the generalities we all
know we've given a lot of great cuisine
but there's so much more that we have
contributed to the history of America
and what's going on today and I think
people would enjoy learning about that
and I wrote this essay saying that I
wanted to be a doctor like my dad I got
that I got that thing back and the guy
had written across the top and red ink
hopelessly unrealistic I got a d-minus I
thought oh so I wasn't gonna tell anyone
after that that I wanted to be a doctor
so then I went off to college and I went
to see the counselor at Long Beach City
College and I said I want to be a doctor
what do I need to do and she looked at
me and she said no I'm from City College
ever goes to medical school so I thought
okay I got a little book from the
bookstore on how to go to medical school
I followed the directions took all the
classes and went to Long Beach State I
go to the pre-med counselor I want to go
to medical school he looks at me and
says you're never gonna get into medical
school so at that point I decided to
quit asking people for advice and help
and I applied to medical school and God
and you know the funny thing about this
woman who was the counselor who told me
I would
nobody from City College goes to medical
school she was the same counselor my
father had 30 years earlier so I guess
she forgot that my father made it the
Latino population is very diverse you've
got people from Mexico from South
America Central America you've got
people like my friends the cha business
whose family has been in in New Mexico
for hundreds of years it's a very
diverse group with lots of different
stories and they've made lots of
contributions to the culture and to just
the intellectual life of our country and
it's been it's been missed it's been
overlooked and now I think it's time to
tell those stories and for people to
tell their children and their
grandchildren where they came from and
and what it meant you know you talk
about the American dream coming here to
build a better life and that's what my
family did they came here from Mexico
you know I have been very interested in
history and especially the history of
this family and I think the legacy is
you know what lives on after you're gone
and it's so easy we so quickly forget
from one generation to the next you know
what the people here before us did and
how they struggled and nowadays we have
life relatively easy but there was a
time when especially for my family being
immigrants not having a lot of money
when my grandparents my
great-grandparents came they had they
didn't speak English my
great-grandfather even though he became
head of the bank in Yuma was never
really terribly fluent in English and so
we relied on his sons to help him so I
think there are lots of barriers they
had to overcome but they persevered and
I think I think the legacy that I want
to leave people is persevere
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