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NALHE Tri-State Chapter

“Empowering All Healthcare Specialties to be Represented.”

The Tri-State Chapter region consists of New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), and Connecticut (CT). We are the largest covering chapter in NALHE and look forward to partnering with our different communities, sponsors, and healthcare professionals.

A large portion of the Tri-State Area population comes from New York City in New York, Newark and Jersey City in New Jersey, and Bridgeport and New Haven in Connecticut.

The region is a major economic driver for the Northeast and United States as a whole. The Tri-State is specifically home to a number of world-class organizations in the finance, media, biotech, manufacturing, fashion, health care and entertainment industries.

Demographics

New York is the 4th largest state in the nation. Currently, about 3.6 million Hispanics reside in New York, which is 6.6% of all Hispanics in the United States

New Jersey is the seventh state largest in the nation. Currently, about 1.8 million Hispanics reside in New Jersey, which is 3.1% of all Hispanics in the United States.

Connecticut is the 18th largest state in the nation. About 590,000 Hispanics reside in Connecticut, being the 1% of all Hispanics in the United States.

Get to Know the Tri-State Chapter Leadership Board

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Melissa H. Molina-Trinidad

Founder, President

Taína Lopez-Cartagena

President-Elect

José Garcia

Secretary

Gabriel Paz Larach

Treasurer

Lina Maria Alfonso

Chair of Marketing and Communications

Cristina Arcelay

Chair of Social Media and Projects

Name: 

Melissa H. Molina-Trinidad, MBA

Board Role:

Founder, President

Professional Title:

Residency Program Administrator

Organization:

The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Bio:

Melissa H. Molina-Trinidad, MBA is the Residency Program Administrator and oversees 91 Internal Medicine residents at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York.

She is a Founder and President of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) Tri-State Chapter. She is a candidate for the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and currently in the Marketing Committee for the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY).

Melissa is currently serving her second 3-year term as a Board of Trustee of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, the nation’s premiere Greek-lettered organization working towards the elimination of violence against women and empowerment of women. Committed to the development of collegiate and professional women through sisterhood, diversity, leadership, service, and academic excellence.

She received her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercy College in 2018 and her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management at Stony Brook University with a minor in Women Studies in 2009. She was involved in campus leadership committees such as President of National Association of Latino Fraternal Organization (NALFO) and Health Sciences Center Association (HSCA). She is currently serving as a Stony Brook University Alumni mentor.

Melissa is of Ecuadorian descent and was born and raised in Queens, New York.
Name: 

Taína Lopez-Cartagena, FNP-BC, NP-C, AHN-BC

Board Role:

President-Elect

Professional Title:

Family Nurse Practitioner

Organization:

Morris Heights Health Center

Bio:

Taína Lopez-Cartagena, FNP-BC, NP-C, AHN-BC is a full time Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a nursing leader working within a community healthcare network. She is also an Adjunct Nursing Professor at New York University and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate at Yale University. She is dual Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In addition, she is Board Certified by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation and a Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner.

She received her B.S. in Nursing with a minor in health from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and graduated with honors. During her undergraduate years she was an avid volunteer, involved in Student Government, Executive board member of various clubs, Resident Assistant and also joined Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. A Greek lettered organization that is committed to the empowerment of Women. She obtained her master’s degree through the Advanced Practice Nursing, Family Track program with an Advanced Holistic Nursing Specialty Sequence from New York University and graduated with distinction. After receiving her advanced Degree, she completed a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care fellowship at an Federally Qualified Health Center in Bronx, NY.

Taína is the President Elect of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) Tri-State Chapter. Taína is of Puerto Rican decent was raised in the Lower East Side and Inwood region of Manhattan.
Name: 

José Garcia, MHA

Board Role:

Secretary

Professional Title:

Administrative Fellowship, Lean Office

Organization:

Hartford HealthCare

Bio:

José Garcia recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. José is currently completing an Administrative Fellowship in the Lean Office at Hartford HealthCare. His interests include process improvement, health equity, diversity and inclusion, and community health. Prior to his fellowship, José completed an Administrative Internship with Baptist Health System focusing on operational improvement and worked as a Patient Access Supervisor with CHRISTUS Health in San Antonio, TX.

José, who was born and raised in Piedras Negras Mexico, moved with his family to the U.S. at a young age in search of a better future and pursuing the American Dream. After living in Texas for the past 10 years, he was drawn to New England because of its diversity. José hopes to use his personal and professional experiences in order to deliver the best care and experience to patients, families and the surrounding communities.
Name: 

Gabriel Paz Larach, MBA

Board Role:

Treasurer

Professional Title:

Assistant Director of Business Development & Operations

Organization:

Department of Clinical Affairs, NYU Langone Health, New York City offices

Bio:

Gabriel is the Assistant Director of Business Development & Operations within the Department of Clinical Affairs at NYU Langone Health in their New York City offices. He’s responsible for developing and executing initiatives that improve patient experiences and operational efficiencies. The focus of his career has been on finance, business strategy and development, and customer experience. Previously, he has worked for Oliver Wyman, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and Goldman Sachs.

Gabriel has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Brown University, and he was born and raised in Honduras.
Name: 

Lina Maria Alfonso, MHA

Board Role:

Chair of Marketing and Communications

Professional Title:

Administrative Fellow, Department of Medicine

Organization:

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)

Bio:

Lina Maria Alfonso currently serves as the Administrative Fellow for the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) in NYC. As an Administrative Fellow, Lina Maria has had the opportunity to rotate through different divisions within the department, where she has spearheaded operational and process improvement initiatives in this academic medical center. Prior to her current position at CUIMC, she served as a Clinical Information Manager (CIM) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC)’s Emergency Department in Livingston, New Jersey. In this role as a medical scribe, she had the responsibility of documenting over 15,000 physician notes that incorporated accurate and thorough documentation of each patient’s visit. She demonstrated professionalism with her ability to develop strong relationships with physicians, healthcare executives, and colleagues.

While working full-time, she obtained her Master’s in Health Administration from the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy MHA program. Lina Maria stepped into various graduate student leadership and mentorship roles during her time at Rutgers, serving as the Vice President of MHA with the Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA), the President of the Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHL), and the Public Relations/Outreach Chair for the Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC). She had the opportunity to do her Administrative Residency at SBMC, where she completed a comprehensive assessment of a Pilot Patient Navigation Referral Program and gained a better understanding of the operations of the medical center. Prior to graduating with her MHA, she received her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) Certification. She earned her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and Minor in Public Health from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

In addition to her full-time responsibilities, Lina Maria is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHE-NJ), where she assists in planning and running diverse events as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is the recipient of one of the national 2019 ACHE Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarships and of the 2019 ACHE-NJ Scholarship. Lina Maria, who was born in Bogotá, Colombia, immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old and has lived in New Jersey ever since. Through her personal experiences being a Colombian immigrant and working with minorities, she was able to bridge a language barrier with Spanish-speaking patients as a Spanish medical interpreter at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, NJ and as a volunteer with the Rutgers Global Medical Brigades in Honduras.
Name: 

Cristina Arcelay

Board Role:

Chair of Social Media and Projects

Professional Title:

HIPAA Compliance Officer

Organization:

National Ramp at Valley Cottage NY, supplier to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

Bio:

Cristina Arcelay is a HIPAA Compliance Officer for National Ramp at Valley Cottage, New York, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) leading ramp manufacturer. During her 4.5 years at the company, the VA Division has helped over 23,000 veterans safely regain accessibility to and from their homes.

She is a United States Navy Veteran who served for 11 years, as a 1st Class Petty Officer, and was honorably discharged in 2012. Cristina traveled extensively while on Active Duty and continues to do so on her free time.

After earning her BSBA in Computer Information Systems, from Hawaii Pacific University, she went on to study Managerial Analytics and is an MBA candidate at Mercy College.

This native New Yorker, of Puerto Rican decent, was raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and is the Chair of Social Media and Project for the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) Tri-State Chapter.

Strategic Plan

This strategic plan describes the goals and objectives of the 2021 NALHE Tri-State Chapter.

Mission
The primary mission of the Chapter is to be the organization and chapter of choice to our Latinx/non-Latinx in the Tri-State area. We want everyone to feel welcomed and encouraged to get involved in making a difference  in different healthcare fields, while always feeling valued and represented.

Vision
To connect and support our Latinx students, early careerists, healthcare professionals, and executives, across the Tri-State area; promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, by increasing Latinx representation in healthcare leadership.

Needs Statement
Hispanic health is often shaped by factors such as language/cultural barriers, lack of access to preventive care, and the lack of health insurance.

While being one of the largest minority groups in the U.S., Hispanics make up approximately only 3% of hospital board members in the United States and only 5% of physician pools, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). This makes it challenging for Hispanics to pursue a medical and health care administration career and for those who do, to aspire to certain jobs once they graduate. That lack of representation translates into a poor support network which can lead to poor outcomes for the population.

To that end, NALHE Tri-State Chapter is committed to bringing positive change to health equity within the Tri-State area by educating the community and policymakers about health inequities in our community, the cost of these inequities, and empowering Hispanic and Latinx leaders so they can have a seat and the table and help make decisions toward solutions that will benefit the Hispanic population.

The NALHE Tri-State Chapter’s goals and metrics to measure for success are the following:

Goals:

  • Partner with other professional organizations to host collaborative workshops/events
  • Recruit and retain general members while encouraging active participation in 1 or more of the standing committees
  • Develop connections and procure sponsorship for chapter sustainability

Metrics:

  • New membership/ Member retention based on national benchmark
  • Partnerships with local colleges/universities
  • Partnerships with local Community organizations

 

Contacts:

Melissa H. Molina-Trinidad, MBA, Founder, President, NALHE Tri-State Chapter, nalhe.tristate@gmail.com

(LinkedIn Page) https://www.linkedin.com/company/nalhe-tri-state/