2 Latina Healthcare experts added to our healthcare panel!

 Frances G. Padilla  

President, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.  


Dr. Silvia E. Rabionet

Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy

Frances G. Padilla (left) serves as the President of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.  Before assuming her current role as President of the Universal Health Care Foundation in 2012, Ms. Padilla served for 8 years as vice president for program and policy and as executive vice president. Ms. Padilla created the policy development program and stakeholder input process at the Foundation that served as the underpinnings for the landmark SustiNet legislation passed in 2009 and 2011. Ms. Padilla graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. After completing graduate work in public administration and public policy, she received her Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ms. Padilla is a proud resident of New Haven, with a long history of community service. She served on the New Haven Board of Education, and on the boards of The Hospital of Saint Raphael and the Community Loan Fund of Greater New Haven.  She and her husband John co-founded the Progreso Latino Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, an endowment fund created to encourage Latino giving and to promote the educational, economic and social well-being of Latinos in Greater New Haven.

Dr. Silvia E. Rabionet (right) is an associate professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and MA and EdD from Harvard University.

For the last thirty years, she has designed and administered numerous public and private training and faculty development grants in the fields of tobacco cessation, public health preparedness, HIV/AIDS, and mentoring, among others. She has developed and implemented competency based models for health workforce development. She has have actively participated with the CDC, PAHO, WHO and other local, regional and international networks and associations in the development of materials and technical reports for workforce development and continuing education.

She is co-investigator in the first Trans-Caribbean prospective research on adherence to HAART among HIV patients. The project, sponsored by the NIH Office of AIDS Research, was launched in 2013 in three countries. She has published about public health history and education, mentoring, and sociobehavioral aspects of drug use.

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