February 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm , by Sonia Harmon
In the November 2000 issue of LHJ we named Dr. Jane Delgado one of seven women to watch for her work as president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The organization is the nation’s largest non-profit working to provide health and human services to Hispanics, a topic that Jane has long been passionate about. She immigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba as a child, and despite difficulty learning English at first, she went on to excel in school, graduating two years early. Ten years after we first recognized Jane, she continues to be a staunch advocate on health issues, including mental health, air pollution and health insurance. Her new book, The Latina Guide to Health, will be published on February 16, and proceeds from the Spanish edition will go to the Health Foundation for the Americas.
What makes me a lady: I enjoy listening to others but will be forthright about what I believe. It’s okay to disagree with others. I am a lady because I enjoy being a woman and am comfortable with myself. At a superficial level this means that while I love to wear dresses, I do not wear pantyhose and am happily sleeveless 90% of the time.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Watching DVDs of Babylon 5 and Star Trek and outfits that have a shelf bra built in.
Three things on my life list: 1. Build an endowment for the Health Foundation for the Americas. 2. Be debt-free (that includes paying off my mortgage). 3. Take a first class trip around the world with my husband.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: The ability to instill kindness and respect in the hearts of others.
Ladies I admire: My mother, Lucy Delgado, who died in 1993. Everything that I am today is based on the sayings and lessons that she shared with me throughout her life. And those very same wise words are what I share with my daughter today. No matter how difficult life was for my mother she was never envious or bitter.