LDI Health Policy Seminar Series: A View From Washington; What Ails America?
LDI Health Policy Seminar Series

Jane L. Delgado, PhD
President and CEO
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health

A View From Washington; What Ails America?

April 12, 2002, 12:00 p.m.
Colonial Penn Center Auditorium
(3641 Locust Walk)


Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance), the nation's largest and oldest organization of community-based Hispanic health providers. Alliance members provide services to over 10 million Hispanic health consumers annually. Recently, the Ladies Home Journal named Dr. Delgado as one of seven "Women to Watch…unsung heroines who are forging ahead to improve our health."

A practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Delgado is also the author of the popular book ¡SALUD! A Latina's Guide to Total Health - Revised Edition 2002 (HarperCollins Publishers, 1997 first edition), the first health book written by and for Latinas. SALUD in the words of one reviewer, "breaks the silence, calls the medical world to task, and breaks the legacy of modesty-all of which have kept Latinas in ignorance and at risk." In her position at the Alliance, Dr. Delgado oversees a national staff of 26 professionals as well as field operations throughout the Unites States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Hispanics. Dr. Delgado came to her position at the Alliance after serving in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Working under then DHHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, she was a key force in the development of the landmark "Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health." She served in DHHS from 1979-1985. Prior to working for DHHS she held a variety of positions including Children's Talent Coordinator for Sesame Street from 1973 to 1975.

Innovation and foresight have marked Dr. Delgado's career. In 1988, in addition to women's health, Dr. Delgado made environmental health a major program effort for the Alliance. In 1991 she initiated the first technology program for community-based organizations. Today the Alliance operates a national portfolio of innovative community-based programs and is at the forefront of redefining health to be comprehensive and efforts to promote cultural proficiency. The Alliance operates a national bilingual family health information service, a national bilingual environmental health hotline, a Center for Technology, and front-line community-based programs.

Dr. Delgado serves as a trustee of the Kresge Foundation and the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. She serves on the board of Patient Safety Institute (PSI) and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Mrs. Rosalyn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health, the honorary board of the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Council. She also serves as an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians and to the March of Dimes. Dr. Delgado is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, e.g., 1998 Hispanic Business, 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., 1996 Community Leadership Award Puerto Rican Family Institute, 1995 Dr. Harvey Wiley Award - FDA Commissioner's Special Citation, 1995 Carter-Bumpers Award, and in 1994 Las Primeras Award from MANA.

In 1975 Dr. Delgado received her M.A. in Psychology from New York University. In 1981 she was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from the W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences.

Dr. Delgado lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Mark and daughter Elizabeth.

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