The Association of Hispanics Healthcare Executives (AHHE) will host its 2012 Annual Healthcare Diversity Awards Gala on June 2oth in New York City. Together with politicians, policy makers, and healthcare leaders, the gala aims to provide a unique healthcare dialogue and solutions for the Latino community. The event will feature Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, as a keynote speaker.


Event: 2012 Annual Healthcare Diversity Awards – Leaders Advancing Health Equity
Where: New York Academy of Medicine
Fifth Ave. at 103rd. St.
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012. 6:00pm to 10:30pm

Although 20% of the US Population is Latino, only 2% of all healthcare executives are prepared to address Latino healthcare challenges. The Latino community is the largest and youngest minority group in the US, yet it is one of the minority groups that faces the biggest challenges in the healthcare area:

  • highest rates of preventable diseases
  • a high percentage of Latinos are uninsured

Healthcare costs in the US account for 18% of GDP, therefore a more efficient way to address Latino healthcare challenges affects all Americans. According to George Zeppenfeldt, AHHE National President, “Efficient healthcare management not only involves managing scarce resources, but it also involves understanding the patients’ demographics.” There is an urgent need for Latinos to manage major healthcare facilities and minority health policy, because “Latino professionals are a critical component to better understanding and addressing the health needs of this community,” says Mr. Zeppenfeldt.

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