Alumnus DIEGO CHAVES-GNECCO (MMPH ’00), now associate professor at Pitt’s School of Medicine and founding director of the program SALUD Para Niños at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital, received the F. Edwards Rushton CATCH Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition. Named in honor of F. Edwards Rushton Sr., this award honors pediatricians who collaborate within their communities to increase children’s access to health care and other needed services. Chaves-Gnecco is the first Latino pediatrician to receive this recognition, as well as the first to be awarded for a resident CATCH grant.
In 2002, Chaves-Gnecco created the first bilingual pediatric clinic at Children’s Hospital. With funding from his 2004 resident CATCH grant, Chaves-Gnecco expanded the program to provide an option for uninsured Hispanic children, and then officially named the program SALUD (Students, residents, faculty And Latinos United against health Disparities) Para Niños. Since then, the number of children enrolled has increased from 45 to over 1,000 children served, with more than 1,650 health visits a year.
Want to know more about Chaves-Gnecco’ work? Read the 2014 Pitt Public Health winter magazine
alumni profile beginning on page 22.