February 9, 2001

Cal State San Marcos Welcomes CEO of National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Dr. Jane L. Delgado, a renowned expert in Hispanic health care, will visit California State University San Marcos on Feb. 12. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance), will meet with faculty and students to learn about campus and community efforts to address minority health care in the region. At noon, Monday, Feb. 12, she will give a presentation about the state of Hispanic health in the U.S. and the work of her Association in Commons Room 206. The event is open to campus and community.

Delgado is known as an innovator in improving the health and well being of Hispanics. The Alliance is the nation's oldest and largest organization of Hispanic health professionals. Each year, Alliance members provide services to more than 10 million Hispanic Health consumers. Delgado oversees a national staff of 35 professionals and field operations located in 20 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Prior to the joining The Alliance, Delgado worked in the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the landmark "Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health." She worked for the DHIIS from 1979-1985. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions, including Children's Talent Coordinator for "Sesame Street." She is the author of "¡SALUD! A Latina's Guide to Total Health-Body, Mind and Spirit" (HarperCollins Publishers, 1997), which was the first health book written by and for Latinas. She has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians and to the March of Dimes, as well as serving on the National Advisory Council Task Force on Mental Health, the Pew Commission on Environmental Health, and the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Council. Her numerous awards and honors include 2000 Ladies Home Journal "Women to Watch and Unsung Heroines," 1998 Hispanic Business "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.," 1996 Community Leadership Award —Puerto Rican Family Institute, and 1995 Dr. Harvey Wiley Award— FDA Com-missioner's Special Citation.

Delgado is also a Trustee of the Kresge Foundation, which is an independent, private foundation that awards challenge grants for capital projects, most often for construction or renovation of buildings, but also for the purchase of major equipment and real estate. Cal State San Marcos received a $350,000 "challenge grant" from the Foundation for the M. Gordon Clarke Field House/University Student Union capital campaign.

Delgado received her M.A. in psychology from New York University, her Ph.D. in clinical phychology from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences.

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