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HACU Health Sciences Advisory Council

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) established and created the HACU Health Sciences Advisory Council (HSAC) in 2002 to advise HACU in the  areas of health disparities and health sciences within the Hispanic higher education community.

As part of the DHHS-HACU Professions Capacity Building Program, the council contributes its expertise to HACU’s efforts to address health disparities and increase science education and research opportunities for those colleges and universities serving  Hispanic higher education students, staff, and faculty. In addition, HSAC will assist in developing strategies to increase Hispanic health science education, training and research initiatives, enhance health sciences partnerships between the Federal government and HSIs and other HACU member institutions, and to enhance advocacy efforts in support of eliminating the under-representation of Hispanics in the health sciences and eliminating health disparities in the Hispanic community.

The most recent HSAC members (prior to the end of OMH grant funding) included:

  • Dr. Maria Alvarez, Professor & MBRS-RISE Program Director, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX; (Chair)
  • Dr. Sylvia Lopez Vetrone, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Whittier College, Monrovia, CA;
  • Dr. Ben Ortiz, Associate Professor, City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY;
  • Dr. Miguel A. Perez, Chair, Department of Public Health, California State University - Fresno, Fresno, CA;
  • Dr. Robert Ross, Professor & RISE Program Director, University of Puerto Rico - Cayey, Cayey, PR;
  • Dr. Elba Serrano, Professor, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM;
  • Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and
  • Dr. Raymond T. Garza, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX (Ex-Officio).