Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Hispanic Heritage Month
As a child, she suffered from a chronic illness of the colon. The inconsistent medical advice and care she received prompted her to help other sick children. Novello completed medical school in Puerto Rico and trained as a pediatrician in Michigan. In 1986, she became deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development where she took a special interest in children with AIDS. As U.S. Surgeon General, Novello made the health needs of women, children, and minorities a national priority. Today she heads the New York State Department of Health, one of the nation's largest public health agencies, and continues to advocate for the underprivileged and under-represented.