Healthcare Leaders to be Honored for Innovations targeting Hispanics

Thursday, November 14, 2019 General News
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Latino population grows in the United States to be 18 percent of the population, the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) and its partners will honor leaders for their innovative products and strategies that impact improve the health of Latino communities.

"We are also honoring leaders who are role models for these remarkable students," said Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of NHHF. "And partnering with visionary partners so that we are able to build the future health workforce for our communities." 

The Awards Galas will be held November 15th at the Westin NY Central Park Hotel and on November 21st at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles from 6:30 – 11:30 pm. For more information go to

NHHF Leadership Honorees are:

Rafael Lantigua, MD, Associate Dean for Community Service, Columbia Vagelos School of MedicineAida Giacello, PhD, Professor of Medicine in Preventive Medicine, Northwestern Univ Feinberg School of MedicineAna Núñez, MD, Assoc Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Drexel University College of MedicineJose Pagan, PhD, Chairman, NYU Global School of Public Health; Chair, Board of Directors, NYC Health + HospitalsIrene Blanco, MD, MS, Assoc. Dean for Office of Diversity Enhancement, Albert Einstein College of MedicineBarbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, Med, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Charles A. Gutierrez, MD, FAAP, Del Norte Pediatrics, El Paso, TXAndrew Jahn, Adventist Health System, CaliforniaEdward A. Mena, MD, CEO, California Liver Research CenterDeborah Deas, MD, MPH, Vice Chancellor, Pam and Mark Rubin Dean UC Riverside School of MedicineMario Jimenez, PharmD, Director of Diversity, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

NHHF Health Professional Student Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to providing healthcare to Latinos. Since the scholarship program was launched in 2004, NHHF has awarded over $1 million to 260 students.

The NHHF Scholarship Winners for 2019 are:

Karina Ruiz-Esteves – Weill Cornell MedicineRuben Vega Perez – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Luis Gutierrez University of Miami Miller School of MedicineLisandra Ochoa – Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin UniversityGilberto Ochoa – New York University, College of Public HealthJulian Ponce – Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealthAlexander Pinto New York University College of DentistryVeronica Ramirez University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Claudia Zamarripa – UIW Feik School of PharmacyNicole Claros-Lujan  – Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, PA ProgramLauro Avalos – University of California, San Francisco School of MedicineAlberto Ortega  – Keck School of Medicine at USC Victor Rodriguez – Texas A&M University College of MedicineAreli Valencia – Stanford University School of MedicineJennifer Matas  – The University of Texas at Houston School of Public HealthHilda Mejia-Pena  – University of California, San Diego Public Health ProgramIan Castell – University of Texas School of Dentistry at HoustonAndrew Munoz – University of California, San Francisco School of PharmacyErik Rivas – University of Colorado School of Dental MedicineVanessa BanalesUniversity of California, Davis PA ProgramVeronica Ortiz - Albert Einstein College of MedicineJuan Caceres - University of Michigan Medical SchoolJulio Ramos - Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. SinaiNoe Cabello - Drexel University College of Medicine Monica Vergara - Tulane University School of MedicineAndrew Rosales - Keck School of Medicine of USCBrenda Castillo - TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of MedicineLaura Hernandez Santiago - David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA Daisy Manzo - UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Vanessa Nunez - UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Roxana Navarro - Miller School of Medicine at the University of MiamiJose Reyes - The University of Johns Hopkins School of MedicineWalter Solorzano - Keck School of Medicine USC David OrtizUniversity of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of MedicineMariela Nevarez - Charles R. Drew University of Science & Medicine

NHHF is the 501(c)(3) arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), a nonprofit organization that represents 50,000 Hispanic physicians across the U.S. The mission of NHHF is to improve the health of Hispanics through research and educational activities.


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