Dr. Yvette Calderon recently received the National Hispanic Health Foundation's (NHHF) Hispanic Health Leadership Award at the foundation's 11th annual gala. The award recognizes outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations.
"As a Puerto Rican physician raised on New York City's Lower West Side, I'm strongly committed to the needs of my community and to creating solutions for the healthcare disparities that persist," said Dr. Calderon, who is an Einstein alumna (class of 1990) and now serves as associate dean for diversity enhancement at the College of Medicine.
Supporting diversity in medicine and increasing the number of physicians from underrepresented minorities is a high priority for Dr. Calderon, whose professional roles at Einstein also include professor of clinical emergency medicine and assistant professor of pediatrics. She also is director of adult urgent care at Einstein affiliate Jacobi Medical Center and director of emergency medicine at North Central Bronx Hospital.
Dr. Calderon's honor from the NHHF reflects her participation in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, which is dedicated to preparing female senior faculty members for leadership at academic health centers. Einstein sponsored Dr. Calderon's participation in the program.
"Being able to take part in the ELAM Program has provided the critical skills I need to pursue positive changes as a senior leader and a woman in medicine," said Dr. Calderon. "I'm honored to receive the NHHF award and grateful for the support from both Einstein and ELAM that helped me achieve this."
Since receiving the NHHF award, Dr. Calderon received two additional honors: The Bronx Times Reporter named her among its 25 Influential Women of the Bronx as part of its sixth annual Role Model Recognition Honors, and she was recognized for her excellence as a clinician when the Health and Hospital Corporation presented her its Doctor's Day Award. She was one of 24 physicians throughout New York City's five boroughs to receive the honor.
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