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Contact: Pamela Hammond
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
New York State Health Commissioner Novello, former and first
Latina Surgeon General, To Deliver CSUDH Commencement Keynote
CA – The
Thirty-Ninth Commencement at California State University, Dominguez Hills,
to be held on Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Home Depot
Center, will feature Antonia Coello Novello, M.D.,M.P.H., Dr., P.H.
Novello has served the public’s health needs for more than two decades,
including as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service
under President George H.W. Bush and, currently, as the 13th New York State
Commissioner. She was the first Latina, and first woman, to be named Surgeon
In her position as Health Commissioner, she is responsible for a $32
billion budget that includes Medicaid; Child Health Plus; Family Health
Tobacco Enforcement and Prevention; regulation of hospitals and other
health agencies; bio-terrorism preparedness; and professional medical conduct.
also heads five health-care facilities, two regional offices and field
offices, nine district offices, the central office and the Wadsworth State
Before becoming New York State Health Commissioner, Coella Novello was
Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University
School of Hygiene and Public Health and Special Director of Community
Health Policy. While with Johns Hopkins, she provided guidance in the development
of appropriate research, service and educational programs for improving
health of poor communities.
Under Coella Novello’s leadership in the U.S. Public Health Service,
the American public was advised and aided on such health matters as smoking,
HIV/AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance
of immunization and disease prevention.
During her three-year tenure as UNICEF’s Special Representative for
Health and Nutrition, she affected millions of children, youth and women
as advisor to the UNICEF Executive Director. She also provided leadership
global efforts to eliminate iodine and vitamin A deficiency disorders,
immunize children, and prevent smoking and substance abuse in youth.
While in the U.S. Public Health Service, Coello Novello served as deputy
director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
and was responsible for coordination of pediatric AIDS research.
Among her numerous awards and honors, Coello Novello is the recipient
of the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medallion and Medal; USPHS Distinguished
Service Medal; U.S. Army Legion of Merit; U.S. Department of the Navy Distinguished
Public Service Award; U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Medal; American Medical
Association Nathan B. Davis Award; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Medal; Johns
Hopkins Society of Scholars Award; Elizabeth Blackwell Award; University of
Michigan Medical Center Alumni Award; Ellis Island Medal of Honor; Elizabeth
Ann Seton Award; National Council of La Raza President’s Award; American
Academy of Pediatrics Excellence in Public Service Award; American Medical
Women’s Association Leadership Award; and Charles C. Shepard Science
Award for Scientific Excellence. She is also in the National Women’s
Hall of Fame.
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