Jane L. Delgado, PhD, began her term as a McLean Hospital trustee in September 2022, a role she said unites her interest in mental health and organizational governance.
A passionate and longstanding advocate for health, Delgado is president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.
She is a practicing clinical psychologist, a champion for accessible health care in underserved communities, and a recognized leader and author. She was the first woman to serve as president and chief executive officer of what was the Coalition of Spanish Speaking Mental Health Organizations.
Prior to her role at the Alliance, Delgado served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), eventually becoming special assistant on minority affairs.
She was a key contributor to the “Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health”—a landmark government study of health in racial and ethnic minorities.
“Dr. Delgado’s robust experience in advocacy and public policy and her focus on minority health will help McLean advance our institutional goals of increasing mental health care accessibility across communities,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, McLean’s president and psychiatrist in chief.
“She knows how to navigate complex systems like health care and brings refreshing enthusiasm for tackling some of the most challenging problems in our field.”
Concerns around health equity have become paramount for many health care organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare disparities long experienced by underserved communities. At the same time, the growing need for comprehensive and accessible mental health services for all has made McLean’s mission even more critical.
Delgado’s extensive experience in this arena will help guide McLean’s strategy in the coming years.
“Jane is a phenomenal addition to the McLean Board,” said McLean Board Chair Carol Vallone. “Her experience on a national level combined with her clinical training will make her a truly unique asset to McLean.”
Delgado received an MA in community psychology from New York University, an MS in urban and policy sciences from the W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences at State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook; and a PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.
She is the author of nine books, including “The Latina Guide to Health,” and “The Buena Salud Guide to Understanding Depression and Enjoying Life,” and serves on the boards of a number of high-profile basic science organizations.
Throughout her career, Delgado has been lauded for her work, receiving numerous awards and honors, including being named to the 2020 list of 10 Hispanic Pioneers in Medicine by the American Association of Medical Colleges; the Hispanic Heritages Foundation’s Award for Education for her contributions to innovation in the use of technology in health care; a 2019 Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York; and being named among the 100 most influential Hispanics by People En Espanol, and one of seven “Women to Watch” by Ladies Home Journal.
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