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Local Nationally Acclaimed Cardiologist Takes Center Stage During Hispanic Heritage Month

The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership (The H.I.L.L.) will hosts its LAS VOCES Guest Speaker program with award winning Dr. Gladys Velarde M.D.  The talk will take place on Thursday, September 17 at the UNF, Adam W. Herbert University Center from 6-8 P.M.

With nearly 1 in 5 employees in Jacksonville working in healthcare or its related industries and an economic impact that exceeds $24.5 billion, The H.I.L.L. will pay tribute to the medical industry during Hispanic Heritage Month starting with a journey that showcases the contributions of prominent Hispanics who have made significant impact to medicine and the sciences. The organization will then lead open conversation to the current and future role of Hispanics in the medical professions within our region.

“Hispanic professionals in the sciences and medical field often go unrecognized in our collective conscious. Dr. Velarde’s talk is an opportunity to spark discussion, bring health care professionals, businesses and the Hispanic community together as well as recognize Hispanic medical professionals who live and work on the First Coast” said Rose Marie Alarcon, Board Member to The H.I.L.L…  Senior leaders and employees from UF Health, Florida Blue, Borland-Groover Clinics and other high profile business organizations in Jacksonville will attended this event.


About Dr. Gladys Velarde M.D.

thumbnailGladys P. Velarde M.D., FACC, Assoc. Professor of Medicine, University of Florida Jacksonville, Director, Women Cardiovascular Health Program at UF Health Jacksonville. Dr. Velarde completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Cardiovascular Disease fellowship training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Boston University.  Dr. Velarde demonstrates a long-standing commitment to reduce ethnic disparities in cardiovascular health and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm in her vocation to the practice of medicine.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, an elected member of the American College of Cardiology Prevention Council and Chairperson of the American College of Cardiology Disparities Working Group. Her publications have appeared in local and national media and her most recent honor was being named a 2014 Health Care Hero by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She recently published a comprehensive text book titled Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Women through a collaboration between the Divisions of Cardiology at the University of Rochester and University of Florida in Jacksonville.

About The H.I.L.L.: The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on members of the Latino workforce and the corporations who hire them. Through education and consulting, The H.I.L.L. works to create a Hispanic labor force that is a valued, stable and an integral entity of our local economy.  


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