Patient Safety Institute

Jane Delgado, Ph.D., M.S.

Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance), the nation's largest and oldest organization of health and human service providers to Hispanics. Alliance members provide services to over 12 million consumers annually. In 2000, the Ladies Home Journal named Dr. Delgado as one of seven "Women to Watch…unsung heroines who are forging ahead to improve our health."

Dr. Delgado serves as a trustee of the Kresge Foundation (Chair, Audit; Chair, Special Opportunities), Patient Safety Institute (Secretary and Treasurer), Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (Executive Committee), and the Ocean Awareness Project (Secretary and Treasurer). She is a member of the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (2002- ongoing), National Advisory Council for Mrs. Rosalyn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health, RWJ's National Advisory Committee on Hospice and Palliative Care, EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Council, and the honorary board of the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. She is also an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians and to the March of Dimes. Dr. Delgado is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, e.g., 2003 Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award, National Consumer League; 2002 Hispanic Business, 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., 1996 Community Leadership Award Puerto Rican Family Institute, 1995 Dr. Harvey Wiley Award - FDA Commissioner's Special Citation, 1995 Carter-Bumpers Award, and in 1994 Las Primeras Award from MANA.

In her position at the Alliance, Dr. Delgado oversees a national staff of 25 professionals as well as field operations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Hispanics. 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 (Library Journal, best health books for 2002) ¡SALUD! A Latina's Guide to Total Health (Rayo/HarperCollins Publishers, 2002 edition), the first health book written by and for Latinas. SALUD in the words of one reviewer, "breaks the silence, calls the medical world to task, and breaks the legacy of modesty-all of which have kept Latinas in ignorance and at risk."

Innovation and foresight have marked Dr. Delgado's career. In 1988, in addition to women's health, Dr. Delgado made environmental health a major program effort for the Alliance. In 1991 she initiated the first technology program for community-based organizations. In 2000 she made philanthropy in the Hispanic community a focus for the Alliance. Today the Alliance is at the forefront of covering the uninsured, redefining health to be comprehensive, developing science based solutions, and promoting cultural proficiency. The Alliance operates many programs including a national bilingual family health information service, a Center for Technology, and front-line community-based programs.

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.