JAIME R. TORRES REGIONAL DIRECTOR, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Jaime R. Torres, DPM, MS, was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region II Director covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Previously Dr. Torres was Associate Director of Consultative Services at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, part of New York City’s Health and Hospital Corporation--the nation’s largest public hospital system. He is the founder and President of Latinos for National Health Insurance, a national coalition working for equality in healthcare. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Council on Aging and served on the Advisory Board of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) from 2000-2006. For eight years he represented the NHMA in the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. As vice-chair of NDEP’s Hispanic/Latino Work Group, he was instrumental in creating bilingual health campaigns for people with diabetes. In 2006, he was a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association’s campaign “Descubras sus pies” (Discover Your Feet) which educated the Latino community on how to prevent foot ailments related to diabetes. Dr. Torres received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and a master’s degree in Community Health from Long Island University.
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