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Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, M.P.H., M.S.

2010 CRI Prevention Pioneer

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, M.P.H., M.S., president and chief executive officer of Urban Health Plan, is now a Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer. Canyon Ranch Institute recognized Paloma for her commitment to improving the health status of individuals in low-income communities. Under Paloma’s leadership, Urban Health Plan – a network of federally qualified community health centers based in the South Bronx, NY – serves more than 30,000 low-income patients through primary and specialty health care visits.

Canyon Ranch Institute partnered with Urban Health Plan (UHP) in January 2007 to develop the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP). The CRI LEP at UHP focuses on improving participants’ health literacy and increasing prevention by using an integrative approach to health and wellness that incorporates physical activity, nutrition, behavior change, and stress management.

Paloma said, “The partnership of Urban Health Plan and Canyon Ranch Institute is based on a shared commitment to supporting people in medically underserved communities. By using an integrative approach to health that incorporates the principles of prevention and health literacy, we are supporting our patients and their families in make lasting improvements to their health and well-being, which affects so many aspects of their lives.”

Urban Health Plan’s community health improvement initiatives also include an award-winning and nationally acclaimed asthma management program, programs in childhood obesity prevention, nutrition, HIV and AIDS care, as well as mental health services.