The Latino Equity Fund, the Commonwealth’s premier philanthropic fund focused on the Latino community, announced the addition of two Boston area leaders to the fund committee, Joseph R. Betancourt, senior vice president of equity and Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health; and Ruben F. Salinas, serial medical technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, government advisor and activist.
They join a committee of 16 people who work to meet the health and economic equity needs of the Latinx community.
“Dr. Betancourt and Ruben bring unique perspectives to our organization through their individual and collective experiences in the healthcare, life sciences and business sectors as we expand our reach to create a more equitable society for the Latinx community across the Commonwealth, ”said Evelyn Barahona, Director of the Latin Equity Fund.“ The Latino community continues to be under-invested in Massachusetts and by expanding our diversity of voices we increase our chances of uplifting issues that need to be addressed while highlighting solutions to address these gaps in our community. ”
Betancourt is a nationally and internationally renowned specialist in health policy, health care disparities, diversity and intercultural medicine. He is the founder, senior advisor and faculty member of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at MGH; faculty member at the Mongan Institute; associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a practicing physician in internal medicine. Betancourt is a multi-hyphenator involved in various organizations such as the Board of Trinity Health and the Committee of the Institute of Medicine. Betancourt has secured grants and contracts which have resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications; in addition, he serves as an advisor to private industries, government and not-for-profit health systems on ways to eliminate racial and ethnic gaps in health care.
Salinas is an accomplished entrepreneur who supports underrepresented leaders in science, technology and business. For over 20 years, he has created several companies and successfully developed medical technologies that dramatically improve outcomes for people with life-threatening health issues. Most recently, Salinas was the founder and CEO of Parsagen Diagnostics, a women’s health diagnostics company recently acquired by Qiagen (QGEN). Appointed by Governor Charlie Baker, Salinas served on the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council.
LEF Co-Chair Juan Lopera was also recently appointed Senior Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Beth Israel Lahey Health. This position, along with the appointments in Salinas and Betancourt, complements LEF’s goals of advancing health and economic equity while addressing racial and ethnic disparities.