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Our Team

Luis Belen, Chief Executive Officer

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


Ruth T. Perot, MATCo-Founder 
Ruth T. Perot, is the co-founder of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved and managing director through 2013. She serves as an Senior Advisor to the Collaborative's CEO,  

Ms. Perot has over forty years of experience and service in a wide range of disciplines and areas of focus, from civil rights activism to health reform advocacy. She currently provides leadership for SHIRE’s campaign to combat childhood obesity in the District of Columbia, works to promote multicultural collaboration, and has helped guide regional efforts in the metropolitan Washington area to promote equitable and accessible primary care. Perot is a graduate of Oberlin College, and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust’s Healthcare Hero Award and Families USA’s Consumer Advocate of the Year Award. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance 

NHIT'S - National Advisory Council (NAC)
NAC members consists of multicultural provider and consumer representation to provide guidance with respect to the Collaborative’s Five Year Plan. Current members are:

  • Antonio  Fernandez, Director, Ponce School of Medicine Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center, serving Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, San Juan, PR
  • Daniel Dawes, JD, Executive Director of Health Policy and External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Dominic Mack, MD, MBA, Associate Professor, Co-Director, National Center for Primary Care/Executive Director GAHITEC, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President and CEO, representing the National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC 
  • Jaime R. Torres, DPM, MS, Former Director of Region II of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH, as President and CEO, representing the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians, San Francisco, CA