Alumni Society Bulletin, November 2015

Words By Kristen Bahler //  Photography By Sheila Barabad


Dr. Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, wants to change what we talk about when we discuss gaps in care. The association is a nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that works to improve the health and wellness of the Hispanic community.

Working toward a more equitable health-care system, she says, is critical for the community’s well-being. “When people talk about minority health in this country, they’re usually talking about African Americans,” Rios says. “Hispanics live longer [than some ethnic groups], but they live with a lesser quality of life. We need to change that dynamic.”

Read More: Bridging the Health-Care Gap


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