September 12, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) - Nilda I. Soto, assistant dean for diversity enhancement at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has been appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer to serve on the New York State Minority Health Council. Ms. Soto's term of service will be through March 2010.
As a member of the Minority Health Council, which was established in 1992, Ms. Soto will work with other council members in considering matters relating to minority health. In addition, Ms. Soto and other members of the Minority Health Council will submit recommendations to the Commissioner of Health.
A native of the Bronx, Ms. Soto has been a member of Einstein's administration since 1990. In her role as assistant dean of diversity enhancement, Ms. Soto administers and supervises all minority student activities at the medical school, and is involved in the recruitment, admission, and retention of individuals underrepresented in medicine. She serves as director of both the Einstein Enrichment Program and the Minority Students Summer Research Opportunity Program. The former offers educational components to minority and economically disadvantaged high school students during the school year and summer, while the latter places minority undergraduate students in the laboratories of Einstein researchers for a nine-week period during the summer.
Ms. Soto received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Fordham University. In addition to her new membership on the Minority Health Council, she currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives, as a member of the Board of Friends of the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, and as Chair of the LeGrand Newman Scholarship Committee for the Northeast Region of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.
Ms. Soto is a resident of the Bronx.