Baruch's Angela Gonzalez-Perez Earns Scholarship from National Health Hispanic Foundation

Gonzalez-Perez NEW YORK, NY, November 30, 2011 -Baruch student Angela Gonzalez-Perez has been awarded a Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship (HHPSS) by the National Health Hispanic Foundation.

Gonzalez-Perez has been working for the New York Presbyterian Hospital for more 13 years on community related projects as well as regulatory and strategic initiatives. Two years ago, Gonzalez-Perez came to the realization that she wanted to make a bigger impact in her community, more specifically, in the area of healthcare, so she decided to pursue a graduate degree and enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration program at Baruch College.

At Baruch, Gonzalez-Perez is obtaining the knowledge to enhance her healthcare experience and follow her passion to help people in underserved communities -something that is very close to her.

“I arrived in New York City when I was five years old from the Dominican Republic,” said Gonzalez-Perez, who is one of 10 scholarship recipients selected. “My family settled in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan where I lived until I was a young adult. One of my immediate goals is to oversee an ambulatory healthcare center in a medically underserved area, like Washington Heights for example,” she said. “This will provide me the ability to help those in my community navigate through the complexities of healthcare and improve their well-being."

The HHPSS Program is the only national scholarship program targeted at Hispanic students who are committed to careers in health care - medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, health management and policy analysis, health research, and allied health.

“[Through the HHPSS Program] I will gain the best insight as I pursue my long-term goal to be a healthcare advocacy leader, participating in round tables where key strategic plans are developed and established,” Gonzalez-Perez said. “As a leader, I will be able to have even a larger impact in policy development and operational decisions that affect those most in need.”

Gonzalez-Perez will be presented with her Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship at the official National Health Hispanic Foundation awards ceremony scheduled on Dec. 1.

About the National Hispanic Health Foundation:

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) established its Foundation, a 501c3 organization, in1994 as the National Hispanic Medical Foundation to develop educational and research activities. In

2000, the name was changed to the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF). In 2006, NHHF was affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. The mission of the NHHF is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved. NHHF aims to provide a unique leadership role marshalling the creative energy of Hispanic researchers from around the country and to provide the insights and strategies that can translate into a healthier Hispanic population and quality care for the underserved.

CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, 646-660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu