WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), 501c foundation of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), hosts its 17th Annual Ceremony –virtually – to present scholarships to outstanding Latino health professional students to assist them to become a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, PA or public health administrator.

“We are also honoring leaders who are role models for these remarkable students,” said Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of NHHF and NHMA. “and partnering with visionary sponsors so that we are able to build the future health workforce for our communities, so ravaged by COVID-19.” 

The gala ceremony will be held November 19th  from 8:00 – 10:00 pm EST.

This year NHHF honors leaders in the Health industry for their transformation of their community, academic and private sector organizations so that more Latinos will have access to healthcare:

The United Health Foundation and Centene Corporate are the Major Sponsors. Other sponsors include NovoNordisk, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, Kaiser Permanente, DaVita, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Latino Commission on AIDS, California Liver Institute, Pasadena Liver Institute, American Heart Association, California Health and Wellness and HealthNet and more.

This year’s NHHF Health Professional Student Scholarships are being awarded to outstanding students who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to providing healthcare to Latinos. Since the scholarship program was launched in 2004, NHHF has awarded over 280 scholarships as the only Latino scholarship only given to graduate students in healthcare in the U.S.

The 2020 scholarship award winners are:

Elisabeth Parra, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science /David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA         
Bianka Aceves Martin, University of California Riverside School of Medicine
Jaquelin Solis Solis, Loyola University Chicago– Stritch School of Medicine 
Gabriel Enciso, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Enrique Cazares-Navarro, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Daniel Alicea, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jose Negrete Manriquez, Charles R. Drew/PRIME at Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA   
Raidizon Mercedes, Drexel University College of Medicine
Jordan Juarez, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University 
Priscilla Gonzalez, Boston University School of Medicine     
Ana McCracken, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health   
Katia Valdez, University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health         
Cesia Rosamilia, CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program     
Raul Perez Zarate, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Alejandra Silva Hernandez, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health  
Sylvette Ramos-Diaz, University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry        
Steve Rodriguez, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School      
Ingrid Marie Belaza, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy          
Diana Garnica, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy         
Alexander Pinto, New York University College of Dentistry               
Luis Gutierrez, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine                     
Lisandra Ochoa, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University                 
Ruben Vega Perez, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai            
Lauro Avalos, University of California, San Francisco, Medical School                    
Alberto Ortega, Keck School of Medicine of USC                  
Cecilia Ramirez, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA            
Victor Rodriguez, Texas A&M University College of Medicine                     
Brenda Castillo, Texas Tech University Health Sciences, El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Laura Hernandez Santiago, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Medical School
Vanessa Nunez, David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding Public Health School at UCLA      
Veronica OrtizAlbert Einstein College of Medicine    
Julio Ramos, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Andrew Rosales, Keck USC School of Medicine      
Monica Vergara, Tulane University School of 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. www.NHMAFoundation.org

SOURCE National Hispanic Health Foundation

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