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UCONN Latino Medical Students Work To Increase Numbers And Improve Healthcare For Community

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Seven of the eight LMSA board members at UConn School of Medicine are, from left, Jorge Ortiz, Andria Matthews, Alexandria Meyers, Cristina Valentín Rivera, Verónica Schmidt Terón, Salem Harry, Kevin Iglesias.


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While programs such as the Affordable Care Act have significantly increased, for now, the number of Latinos in Connecticut and elsewhere who have health insurance, getting this population, particularly new arrivals in this country, to use this system remains a major challenge,

 According to healthcare researchers, Latino physicians, especially those fluent in Spanish, are seen as the critical component in alleviating the communication  and cultural issues which can complicate medical diagnoses and exacerbate a reluctance ...

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Accepted by 11 Medical Schools, Latina Credits Hard Work, Not Affirmative Action



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All Chelsea Batista wanted was to get into one of the 18 medical schools she applied to. Instead, she got into 11.

“I was absolutely surprised,” the 21-year-old senior at Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College told The Huffington Post via email. “When I received my first acceptance, I was golden. When more acceptances started coming in, I was astounded.”

The student was accepted to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York University, Tufts University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Howard University College ...

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Hartford’s New Superintendent A Product of City’s School System

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Photo credit: Inquiring News.com

Photo credit: Inquiring News.com


It was the late 1980s, the dawn of the notorious gang wars in Connecticut’s capital city that plunged sunny days into darkness, when a petite ninth-grader at Hartford Public High School found her escape hatch.

The girl had been restless in English class, frustrated with the rote traditions and predictability. She asked why school couldn’t be more interesting until her teacher finally had enough of the criticism: “Leslie, do you ever stop talking? If you don’t like things around here, then you should become a teacher.”

“I said, ‘No, no, no,'” recalled Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, now 42, in her corner office in a downtown high-rise, the ...

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