Luis Belén is a leader driven by a passion to support underserved communities to ensure their social and political opportunities are maximized and appreciated. He is known as a disruptor for change and social well being. Recognized as a national Latino leader with over 20 years of “on-the-ground” experience, Luis has been nationally recognized with such feature profiles as in “O”—The Oprah Magazine. He has many attributes to his name, most notably founded and managed several initiatives that provide health-related solutions for underserved communities globally facilitating an interface with industry, organizations and government agencies to ensure all stakeholders’ needs are met. Belen is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), having served as a Senior Consultant and provided in depth professional services in education and outreach in states such as CA, FL, GA and TX, with a focus on the engagement of Latino providers in those communities. Luis is responsible for leading stakeholder engagement efforts with the White House, Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Capitol Hill, and many public/private/community organizations; most notably he supports national initiatives, convening such programs as the HIMSS Annual Conference, the Spring Summit, various White House briefings, the Wall Street Summit, and Congressional Roundtables to spotlight the needs of the underserved in the United States today.
Belen is a Co-Founder of the HIMSS Latino Community, serves on the Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Trans-disciplinary Advisory Board as well as the Collaborative Center’s Health Information Technology Policy group. Among his many memberships, he is also a member of the Health IT Policy Committee - The Consumer Workgroup.
Belen obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in New York, NY and attended the A Better Chance program in Swarthmore, PA. Belen currently resides in Loudoun County, VA with his wife of 16 years and four children.