AltaMed CEO Cástulo de la Rocha To Be Honored
National Healthcare Leader and Latino Advocate Cástulo de la Rocha and Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda to be honored
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will award its highest honor, the Medallion of Excellence, to AltaMed President and CEO Cástulo de la Rocha on September 13 during the CHCI 40th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington D.C.
Published on LatinoLA: September 3, 2017
The Medallion of Excellence is awarded to individuals who are positive Hispanic American role models and exemplify unparalleled accomplishments, civic leadership, and service to the greater American society.
"I'm honored to be recognized by CHCI for the proud work AltaMed does in providing top quality health care to our large and growing Latino communities in Southern California," noted Cástulo de la Rocha.
"It's a tribute to all of us at AltaMed – our 3,000 employees, physicians, nurses, medical and senior services specialists, community-serving staff--and the rising communities of hard-working people we serve. Forty years ago, in completing law school and considering what I wanted to do with my life, I knew in my heart that my overriding passion--shaped by the Chicano Movement--was to contribute to the empowerment of our community in the struggle for social justice and equal rights. Of the many challenges our community faced, no challenge was greater than the human cost of the staggering lack of access to health care for Latino children, youth, families, and working adults. I joined AltaMed with the deep conviction that health care was a human right, not a privilege, and equally a moral obligation. Regardless of immigration or income status, age, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or medical condition, every person in our nation deserves access to quality health care," added De la Rocha.
Under his transformative leadership, AltaMed has grown from a storefront barrio clinic in East Los Angeles with three employees to become the nation's largest federally qualified community health center providing bilingual and multicultural services with over one million patient visits in its 47 centers and clinics in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. When the Affordable Care Act was enacted, AltaMed--a trusted healthcare provider in the Latino community-- became the number one leader in health insurance enrollment in California, the nation's most populous state with the largest Latino population in the country.
De la Rocha has been a tireless advocate and innovative leader not only in the healthcare industry but also in organized efforts to create pathways out of poverty for youth. He has expanded Latino access to higher education and the professions and increased Latino representation in the creative arts and elected offices.
Award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, Lin-Manuel Miranda will also be recognized with CHCI's Medallion of Honor. His latest endeavor, the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton, has sparked renewed attention in one of America's founding fathers and has creatively blended historical facts with a contemporary musical delivery. Hamilton was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and earned a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations. It won 11 Tony Awards, including two personally for Lin-Manuel.
"Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cástulo de la Rocha have both made powerful contributions to our nation and changed countless lives," said Congressman Joaquín Castro, Chairman, CHCI. "Cástulo has spent a lifetime dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to underserved communities."
To learn more about AltaMed Health Services, visit www.AltaMed.org or call 877-462-2582.