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A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL HEALTH IT COLLABORATIVE FOR THE UNDERSERVED

Announcement for IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2012

Washington, DC – The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) unveiled its new leadership team today. NHIT also announced the departure of NHIT's former Chief Operating Officer, Marcia Thomas-Brown, who has assumed a leadership position with a Federally Qualified Health Center in an underserved Bronx, New York community.

Ruth Perot, Managing Director of NHIT, had this to say about the transition. "Although we will miss Marcia who played a critically important role in moving NHIT forward, we are thrilled to have
Luis Belen join NHIT and help us implement our new strategic plan. His dedication to making sure that the HIT revolution does not leave underserved communities behind is an example for us all as we work to end health and HIT disparities."

As Senior Consultant, Belen will help refine and implement the organization's vision and strategic goals. Belen has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, having founded Medic Success, a company that focuses on the development and provision of health-related solutions and services to groups that are underserved. Belen also serves as founding co-chair of the HIMSS Latino Community, an initiative that focuses on the health IT needs of the Latino community.

As an acknowledged leader in the Latino community, Belen has provided management, programmatic, outreach and technical services to NHIT since 2010. He played a key role with respect to the SHIRE/NHIT provider outreach/education pilot projects in California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, including identification, recruitment, and engagement of local and national partners, with emphasis on representatives of Latino and other communities of color.

Belen described the appointment with enthusiasm: "I am excited to start a new challenge within the NHIT Collaborative, and I look forward to forging partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure that underserved communities continue to adopt Health Information Technology. I am fortunate and humbled to be joining an organization that works tirelessly on behalf of communities like the one I came from."

Belen will work closely with the Managing Director with respect to all organizational development and growth objectives and will have lead responsibility for technology solutions. Belen will serve as NHIT's principal contact with leaders in the Latino community.

About the Company:

The NHIT Collaborative was established in June 2008 as a public/private/community partnership with the purpose of supporting the full engagement of HIT in underserved populations, with an emphasis on communities of color.

Contact Info:
National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved
c/o Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
NHIT Program Management Office

Luis Belen, Senior Consultant
1629 K Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202.371.0277 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202.371.0277 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext.(6090)
Fax: 877-241-5677

lbelen@MedicSuccess.com
www.nhitunderserved.org 

Added Monday, September 10th, 2012 by NHIT

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