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National Alliance for Hispanic Health

hispanic magazine july 2016

WASHINGTON -- “We are pleased to welcome Cynthia A. Telles, Ph.D. to the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health,” said Augustine C. Baca, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading health advocacy working for the best health outcomes for all. Mr. Baca added, “Dr. Telles brings decades of knowledge, experience and commitment to health with a special emphasis on the mental health issues of the Hispanic Community.” Dr. Telles commented, “While there have been great advances in health, we are still not where we need to be with respect to the mental health of all communities.”
Dr. Cynthia Telles is the director of the Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, and a clinical professor with the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Telles serves on the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. Dr. Telles also serves on the Los Angeles Airport Commission.
Dr. Telles is a founding board member of the Public Policy Institute of California, and previously served on the boards of the California Endowment (as board chair from 2004 to 2006), Sanwa Bank, Americas United Bank and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. She served on the boards of General Motors; the Pacific Council on International Policy, a non-partisan international affairs organization; the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County; and the California Community Foundation (Immediate Past Chair).
Dr. Telles was appointed by President Obama to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Throughout her career, Dr. Telles has received many awards and commendations from organizations and governmental entities across the Nation. Dr. Telles was selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the Nation in 2006 and in 2010.
Dr. Telles received a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Boston University. She has published extensively in mental health, particularly with respect to the assessment and treatment of Hispanic populations. 


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Abuela Lucy Foundation

hispanic outlook magazine july 2016

NEWARK, N.J. -- KOLComm president Rose Rios was honored with the Diversity Alliance for Science (DA4S) Magic Johnson Healthcare Award; it was announced at the organization’s East Coast Conference.
The Magic Johnson Business and Healthcare Award is presented to an individual, corporation; or organization that has demonstrated commitment to furthering diversity in the healthcare arena.  Recipients of this award share DA4S values and commitment to diversity and inclusion and have demonstrated their dedication to improving diversity representation in business, research or education.
Rios is the president of KOLComm, LLC, a key opinion leader-focused agency, which works to connect experts to industry. KOLComm uses multiple methods, including two software offerings, PIONEER® and COMPASS®, in addition to other solutions to address the needs of industry focused on the optimization of patient care.
She recently started the Abuela Lucy Foundation, which strives to improve educational opportunities in the life sciences for diverse students. A product of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming herself, Rios was inspired to extend those opportunities to other children. The foundation is named after her late grandmother who immigrated from Puerto Rico to provide a better education for her children and grandchildren and motivated them to reach their full educational potential.
“I am truly humbled by this recognition,” she said. “Being a high school STEM student, I was fortunate to be exposed to various occupations that embrace the life sciences. The Abuela Lucy Foundation ensures that this type of awareness is provided to other diverse learners and that they also have the opportunity to grow and explore. The Foundation is constantly researching books and generating innovative ideas to support our mission. Sharing the love of learning in the life sciences is our passion.”
Rios was selected for the award by the Diversity for Alliance Science board, which consists of members from several pharmaceutical corporations and diverse small business owners. The award was first given in 2010.


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University of the Incarnate Word

hispanic outlook magazine july 2016

SAN ANTONIO -- H-E-B has announced that it will partner with the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) to award the first 25 public high school students to enroll in UIW’s new Texas Top five percent Direct Admit Health Professions Program with $2,500 scholarships renewable up to four years ($10,000 per student) – a total of $250,000 for the program.
UIW announced the launch of the new Texas Top five percent Direct Admit Health Professions Program at a press conference on May 10. The program is open to outstanding high school seniors with strong academic ability seeking advanced degrees in nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry or medicine. UIW’s new initiative provides provisional admission into one of the university’s professional programs for Texas high school seniors ranking in the top five percent of their class after their junior year.
“We have had a great response to the announcement of our new Texas Top five percent program and we are thankful that our friends at H-E-B recognize the program’s potential impact to alleviate the shortage of healthcare professionals in our state,” said Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW president. “The H-E-B scholarships will provide even more incentive for Texas students to take advantage of this innovative program. We are thankful for the continuous support H-E-B has shown for UIW and its programs throughout the years.”
“H-E-B is proud of our long standing relationship with UIW.  This commitment reflects our dedication to Texas Public Education and improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Dya Campos, H-E-B director of public affairs.
In addition to H-E-B’s gift, UIW announced the donation of 10 scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each for students of either public or private high schools enrolling in the program from the Richard Spencer Lewis Memorial Foundation.
Program recipients also receive a $2,500 scholarship per year for full-time study, renewable for up to eight years from the university in addition to any UIW academic award for which the student is eligible. The award continues into the professional program.
Programs students can choose from include:
•    Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions
•    Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) – Rosenberg School of Optometry
•    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) – School of Osteopathic Medicine
•    Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) – Feik School of Pharmacy
•    Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) – School of Physical Therapy


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The University of San Francisco

hispanic outlook magazine july 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of San Francisco (USF) has named Margaret Wooding Baker dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She will lead a team of more than 100 full-time faculty and staff and serve as a member of the university’s Leadership Team. Baker will begin her role as dean in late August.
Baker comes to USF from the University of Washington in Seattle where she is the associate dean for academic affairs and an associate professor in the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems department in the School of Nursing. She worked previously for the State of Washington as a senior health policy analyst, is a member of the state’s Nursing Action Coalition and is past president of Washington’s Council on Nursing Education.
Baker will report to Donald Heller, provost and vice president of academic affairs for USF. “Maggie is dedicated to teaching, scholarship and public service, and this was essential as we selected our new dean,” Heller said. “She is especially qualified to help USF educate the next generation of health professionals in our ever-evolving health care system.”
This year, Baker will complete the Executive Nurse Fellows Program, a prestigious, three-year executive nurse leadership program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help identify solutions to the country’s most pressing health issues.
“I was drawn to the University of San Francisco because of the mission, vision and values that bring alive the research, teaching and community engagement I saw in USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions,” Baker said. “I knew of the fine work of school under the world-class leadership of Dean Judy Karshmer. I am honored to accept this appointment and look forward to working closely with the students, staff, faculty and community partners to learn what matters most to them and how together we will take the school to the next level of success.”
Baker holds three nursing degrees: a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, an M.S.N. from Otterbein College in Ohio (administrative track) and a B.S.N. from Russell Sage College in New York. Baker’s research interests and community work center around elder abuse and mistreatment. Other passions include quality improvement, leadership and advances in nursing education. USF selected her following a national search.
USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions enrolls approximately 825 undergraduate and 750 graduate students in 11 academic programs ranging from public health and health informatics to nursing leadership and clinical psychology. •