Geraldine Massuh: An Emerging Leader for Latino Health


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A great leader must have tremendous understanding, and a keen ability to see from other people’s perspectives.

Geraldine Massuh is such a leader.

Massuh, spurred to reduce public health disparities by her experiences as a first-generation bilingual daughter growing up in Queens, New York, has taken big leadership roles in improving healthcare quality for Latinos and all people by promoting cultural competence, workforce diversity, and mentoring.

Massuh, who earned her master’s degree in public health in health policy and management from Columbia University in 2016, is currently a healthcare management and diversity strategist, currently consulting on nationwide projects for CulturaLink on linguistic and cultural competence and diversity and inclusion in the workforce in health organizations.

She also serves as an associate director, associate board member, and editor-in-chief for the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives. She leads the Mentorship Program and digital engagement initiative, including producing a monthly healthcare news brief.

She also is a community outreach and language consultant for Fair Health, Inc., in New York.

Massuh also has served as a northeast representative of the UnidosUS Líderes Youth Advisory Council, which promotes civic engagement opportunities for Latino youth, and has an extensive background partnering with community-based groups to tackle health issues.

To further her training and education, Massuh applied for the Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. The program, led by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez at UT Health San Antonio with support from the National Cancer Institute, recruits 25 master’s-level students and professionals each year for a five-day summer institute to promote doctoral degrees and careers in Latino cancer.

Massuh thanks the Éxito! summer institute for “motivating me to pursue higher education and inspiring me that anything is possible.”

Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2017 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply now for 2018.

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