, Colo., November 9, 2010 —
Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics and public health and director of the Division of General Pediatrics and the Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Dallas, has been honored with the 2010 Helen Rodriguez-Triàs Social Justice Award.
The award honors public health professionals who have worked toward social justice for under-served and disadvantaged populations, and was presented at the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.
Flores has devoted his life’s work to improving the public’s health and well-being through initiatives that lead to the elimination of disparities. His outstanding body of work on under-served children has established him as a leading national expert in three areas: Latino children’s health; cross-cultural communication in health care; and racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health and health care.
He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, most of which address the health and health care of under-served children. For example, in 1997 Flores published an exhaustive critical review of barriers to health care access for Latino children in a dedicated issue on minority health in Family Medicine. In a 1998 study in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Flores described the major access barriers to health care for Latino children from parents’ perspectives — an article that has been cited 141 times in peer-reviewed literature.
Among his many other noteworthy publications were a 2000 article on the Pediatric Latino Clinic he founded at Boston Medical Center and a chapter in 2001 on Latino children’s health in the book Health Issues in the Latino Community. He was lead author in 2002 of a special article in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the health of Latino children that received extensive national media attention. In a 2006 article in Pediatrics, Flores examined the risk factors for and consequences of being an uninsured Latino child.
Flores is a member of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved and chairs the Research Committee of the Academic Pediatric Association. He also is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, the Committee on Pediatric Research at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee and Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures.
He was a member of the Expert Panel for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide, recently provided a congressional research briefing and has testified in the U.S. Senate on Latino health and the Hispanic Health Improvement Act. Flores also provided invited written testimony on health disparities for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and was an invited speaker at the National Summit on America’s Children convened by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. His research, testimony and publications have shone a light on such critical issues as iron deficiency anemia, timely receipt of medical care, children with special health care needs, use of dental services, work force issues, quality of care and Medicaid reform.
Flores is a member of the Frew Advisory Committee for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and has served as a consultant and national advisory committee member for the U.S. Surgeon General, Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association and the Sesame Street Workshop. Among his numerous contributions to the public health field, Flores is committed to mentoring young researchers, and since 1995 he has mentored 47 beginning clinical investigators who have collectively published 35 articles and book chapters, made 39 presentations at national and regional meetings and received 10 grants. He is founder as well as director of the Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at UT Southwestern.
Among his many honors, he received the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy and the 2008 Millie and Richard Brock Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics.