Dr. Jane Delgado
Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance). The mission of the Alliance is to improve the health of Hispanic communities and work with others to secure health for all. Alliance community based members serve over 15 million Hispanics and national organizational members provide services to over 100 million consumers annually. In 2008 WebMD recognized her as one of four Health Heroes for her dedication and resilience in advocacy.
Dr. Delgado is a highly respected and sought after thinker and speaker. Innovation and foresight have marked Dr. Delgado’s career. Today the Alliance is at the forefront of technology solutions, covering the uninsured, redefining health to be comprehensive, developing science based solutions, promoting cultural proficiency and linking health and the environment.
Dr. Delgado is a trustee of the Kresge Foundation (Chair, Audit), Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (Executive Committee), Northern Virginia Health Foundation (Founding board), and the Health Foundation for the Americas (Secretary). She was appointed to the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC), which is authorized by the U.S. Congress. Until acquired in 2008, she served on the board of Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc. (ARxT). Dr. Delgado serves on the national advisory councils for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research and for Mrs. Rosalynn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health. She is a member of Bankinter’s Future Trends Forum in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Delgado is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Recent awards and recognition include the 2007 People En Español 100 Influentials in the hemisphere; 2005 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award for Education; 2005 FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation; 2003 Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award, National Consumer League; and, 2002 Hispanic Business, 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.
In her position at the Alliance, Dr. Delgado oversees a national staff as well as field operations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Dr. Delgado came to her position at the Alliance after serving in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Working under then DHHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, she was a key force in the development of the landmark “Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health.” She served in DHHS from 1979-1985. Prior to working for DHHS she held a variety of positions including Children’s Talent Coordinator for Sesame Street from 1973 to 1975. A practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Delgado is also the author of the award winning¡SALUD! A Latina’s Guide to Total Health (HarperCollins Publishers, 1997 and 2002).
In 1975 Dr. Delgado received her M.A. in Psychology from New York University. In 1981 she was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from the W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences.
Dr. Delgado lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Mark and daughter Elizabeth.