As Vice President of Community Relations and Partnerships, Jaime R. Torres, DPM, MS, is responsible for facilitating, developing and managing strategic partnerships on behalf of the organization.
Previously, Dr. Torres was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region II, covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In this role, he served as HHS Secretary’s representative in the Region, and was the lead contact with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government officials.
Prior to working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he served as Associate Director of Consultative Services at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital in New York City, part of the Health & Hospital Corporation, which is the largest public health system in the nation.
Dr. Torres is president of Latinos for Healthcare Equity, a not-for-profit organization created to improve access to quality, affordable healthcare for the Latino community. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He also has a Master of Science degree in community health administration from Long Island University.
In 2009, because of his advocacy work in healthcare, he was selected by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the United States. He was also honored with Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias’ “National Latino Leadership Award”, and in 2010 he received El Diario-La Prensa “El Award.”