October 5, 2007

San Ysidro Health Center to Hold Latino Health Leadership Summit

San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) will hold its first Latino Health Leadership Summit on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, 2007. According to Ed Martinez, CEO of SYHC, the primary goals of this Leadership Summit are to increase the public’s general understanding of the key issues influencing the health and well-being of Latinos and provide a community-based forum to explore ‘best practices’ for delivering quality health services in a respectful, culturally proficient manner.

The summit will feature three keynote speakers:

Jane Delgado, PhD, CEO and President of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization that is widely recognized for its effectiveness in representing the interests of Latino communities within the halls of Congress.

Professor David Hayes-Bautista, author of Healing Latinos: Realidad y Fantasia and Director of the Center for Latino Health and Culture at UCLA (CESLAC). Dr. Hayes-Bautista is internationally recognized for his research on the culture and health of Latinos. Under his leadership, CESLAC serves as a resource for training medical students, health care providers and public health officials to manage the care of Latino patients effectively, efficiently and economically.

Diana M. Bontá, RN, PhD, Vice President of Public Affairs at Kaiser Permanente -Southern California Region. Dr. Bontá is a seasoned health care executive with strong public policy credentials and once led the California State Department of Health Services. During her tenure at the State Department of Health Services, Dr. Bontá reduced the lung cancer death rate by significantly strengthening the state’s anti-smoking campaign; designed California’s anti-fraud initiative (now being replicated nationally); established the nation’s first hospital nurse-to-patient ratios; restructured the state’s Vital Records system; and created a model pharmacy discount program for seniors.

Latino Health Leadership Summit topics will include a wide array of issues that affect the Hispanic community including advocacy/health polices, border health, chronic medical conditions, community-based research and HIV/AIDS.

“These are just a few of the wide array of topics that are imperative to the well being of our community,” said Martinez. “We are honored to have such a distinguished group of leaders and educators to offer perspective and guidance as we move forward in meeting the diverse health care needs of our community.”

Other topics will include mental health/substance abuse, oral health and health literacy/health promotion.

San Ysidro Health Center is pleased to report that based on the generous support of our sponsors; the California Endowment, Community Health Group, Hispanic Dental Association, United States – Mexico Border Bi-national Health Week, the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, the Latino Health Leadership Summit will be offering scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, who will not have to pay the registration fee.

Additional information about The Latino Health Leadership Summit can be accessed at www.syhc.org/summit.

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