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Sandra Bennett-Pagan has a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Ms. Bennett-Pagan has extensive experience in health care planning and administration in a variety of settings. She has served as Program Policy Analyst in the Office for Women's Health at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, as Program Officer covering the areas of health care services and services to people with disabilities at the New York Community Trust, and was the Founding Executive Director of the Latino Commission on AIDS, an AIDS advocacy organization in New York City.
As the Regional Women's Health Consultant, Ms. Bennett-Pagan works with federal, state, and local departments of health, community-based organizations, and professional associations in Region II (consisting of New York, New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Territory of the Virgin Islands) to stimulate and support women's health initiatives across the life cycles. Accomplishments include: leading the Region II Work Group on Women's Health; providing support for community-based women's health programs; collaboration with the National Women's Health Centers of Excellence; co-sponsoring an East Coast Young Women's Health Summit; organizing a Bi-Regional Conference on Women, Diversity and Health Disparities; planning and implementing a Region II Summit on Mental Health, Children and Adolescents; and launching a Regionwide Initiative entitled "Violence Against Women and Girls: Building a Public Health Response."
Ms. Bennett-Pagan is a recipient of the 2000 US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps' Juan Carlos Finlay Award for her leadership in the implementation of activities that significantly improve access to health care for Hispanics. Ms. Bennett-Pagan received the 2002 Community Service Award from the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families for her work in providing post-trauma counseling to immigrant families affected by 9/11. She has been recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services for exemplary service in responding to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.
Content last updated: June 01, 2006.