Beth Israel Latino Health Institute & Aspira NY Launch First Annual Healthcare...

Beth Israel Latino Health Institute & Aspira NY Launch First Annual Healthcare Career Day for Hispanic Youth

High school students will explore different fields at Beth Israel Medical Center


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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 4, 2007–Beth Israel’s Latino Health Institute launches its first annual Latino Healthcare Career Day in partnership with ASPIRA of New York, a nonprofit dedicated to the education and leadership development of Hispanic youth. The event is aimed at Latino high school students in New York City, offering them an opportunity to learn first-hand about careers in healthcare.

“Our goal with this program is twofold,” explained Hector Castro, MD, Medical Director of Beth Israel Latino Health Institute, which is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of Latinos in New York City by overcoming the cultural, language, and economic barriers to quality healthcare. “We want to raise awareness of the health issues that face the Latino community as well as promote careers in the health industry to Hispanic students.

“After all,” added Dr. Castro, “there is no better way to address Latino health concerns than by having more Latinos working in the healthcare system.”

The first career day will be held on April 4, 2007 at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. It will involve 15 Latino high school students selected from the ASPIRA chapter at Flushing High School in Queens. The students will receive a welcome greeting and orientation from Dr. Castro in the morning and then have an opportunity to visit with and observe Beth Israel staff working in nursing, pharmacology, radiology, and the robotics lab.

“We are delighted to be working with Beth Israel and its Latino Health Institute to help educate and encourage Latino youth about the exciting and lucrative careers available in healthcare,” said Aida Ruiz, ASPIRA of New York’s Program Manager, Corporate Volunteer Services.

The United States has been facing an increasing shortage of skilled healthcare workers, with large deficits in medical laboratories, health-system pharmacies, radiologic technology and all aspects of the nursing field. Even world-class facilities like Beth Israel Medical Center must continually dedicate resources to recruiting and retaining the best available talent.

“This program is a natural off-shoot of our Latino Health Institute,” noted David J. Shulkin, MD, President and CEO of Beth Israel. “By engaging Latino youth in the healthcare industry through programs like this, we can raise awareness of the issue within the community while planting the seeds for our next generation of healthcare providers.”

About Beth Israel Latino Health Institute

Founded in 2006 as a partnership between Itzamna Medical Center and Beth Israel, the Latino Health Institute provides culturally sensitive health services designed to meet the specific needs of New York City’s diverse Latino community. These include patient advocacy and education; continuity of care, from family physician and out-patient services through in-patient acute care; cultural competency in the delivery of health services at all levels of care; and the elimination of causes of ethnic and racial health disparities.

About ASPIRA

ASPIRA of New York, Inc. is the local office of The ASPIRA Association, Inc., the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. Operating on the belief that Latino youth have the collective potential to move their community forward, ASPIRA takes its name from the Spanish verb aspirar, which means “to aspire.” Since its founding in 1961, ASPIRA has provided a quarter of a million youth with the personal resources they need to remain in school and contribute to their community.

Beth Israel Latino Health Institute & Aspira NY Launch First Annual Healthcare Career Day for Hispanic Youth