The Special Opportunities Initiative extended to human service organizations the lessons learned through Kresge’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative. The HBCU Initiative helped the schools expand their fundraising and advancement capacity based on best practices in the field of higher education. This initiative evolved into a focus area of the foundation’s current Education Program.
“In many ways, the Special Opportunities Initiative served as the precursor for the work we do today,” Rosen says. “As a board, we decided to focus nearly exclusively on the disenfranchised and underserved among us.”
“I believe that the most important thing in life is not about any one individual but about the greater good,” Delgado adds. “Sometimes it is essential to create some discomfort to remind people of that. Concepts such as ‘winning’ or ‘rugged individualism’ can promote a selfish or self-interested culture.”
Delgado serves on the boards of the Community Health Accreditation Program, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, the Northern Virginia Health Foundation and the National Biodefense Science Board. She also serves on the national advisory council for Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health.
Delgado also has served as a senior policy adviser for the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services and as the director of child casting for Sesame Street. In addition, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, including:
--In 2010 by Ladies Home Journal as among “Women We Love”
--In 2009 by Web MD as a “Health Hero”
--In 2007 by People En Español as one of the “100 Most Influential in the Hemisphere”
--In 2005, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Award for Education
--In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner’s Special Citation
She is the author of five books:
--La guía de Buena Salud sobre la artritis
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