M.A.P.S. Fall 2015

M.A.P.S. Fall 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month

In continuation of Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize Antonia Novello, the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as U.S. Surgeon General.

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.

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