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Dr. Jane L. Delgado Appointed By Senate Majority Leader to Board of National Urban Air Toxics Research Center
Date:12/8/2008

Center Named in Memory of Leading Health Advocate Congressman Mickey Leland

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today announced the appointment of Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S. to the Board of Directors of the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC), the Congressionally mandated non-profit public/private research organization. She becomes the first Hispanic and first Latina to be appointed to this prestigious board. Dr. Delgado is the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation's leading science and community-based Hispanic health advocacy and service organization.

"I am honored by Senator Reid's appointment and look forward to joining the respected and accomplished Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center," said Dr. Delgado. "The Leland Center has helped uncover human health effects caused by exposure to air toxics and has moved the nation forward in securing the promise of clean and healthy air to breathe. I am particularly honored by this appointment because the Center helps fulfill Congressman Mickey Leland's legacy as a champion for the rights of all people to clean air and good health. It was my great blessing to have worked with Congressman Leland before his untimely death and I look forward to supporting the work of the Leland Center in fulfilling his vision of a better world."

Dr. Delgado previously served on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and made environmental health a program focus of the Alliance in the 1980s. Among other programs she founded the Alliance's Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN), a remarkable national effort connecting communities with cutting-edge mobile air and water monitoring technology. Dr. Delgado is the author of the award-winning book ¡SALUD! A Latina's Guide to Total Health and most recently was named a 2008 Health Hero by WebMD Magazine recognizing her leadership in environmental health.

About the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center

The Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC), located in the Texas Medical Center, was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/) (Title III, Sec. 112(p) (http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/mleland/attachments/CAAA1990ActualText.doc)). It is named after the late Congressman Mickey Leland, whose efforts on behalf of public health contributed significantly to the passage of key amendments to the Clean Air Act. The NUATRC is a research facility that has been specifically charged to sponsor and gather scientific information on the human health effects caused by exposure to air toxics. By law, it is a non-profit corporation, financed jointly by government and private funds. NUATRC is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors (http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/mleland/Webpages/about.htm), and receives scientific guidance from a nationally-based thirteen-member Scientific Advisory Panel (http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/mleland/Webpages/about.htm). For more information, visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/mleland/.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 14 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information on Hispanic health and well being, visit www.hispanichealth.org.

About the Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN)

The Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN) is a national and locally driven effort committed to securing the right of all people to clean air and water. The network has been initiated in four communities to document the nexus of environmental risk and health impacts, mobilize community solutions, and secure national and local action on environmental risks that compromise the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health and well-being of communities. For more information visit www.HEANaction.org.


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