CEC Leader Carmen Vélez Vega Honored by the National Library of Medicine’s EnHIP

Apr 25, 2023 | Community Engagement Core, PROTECT Team

Community Engagement Core Leader Carmen Vélez Vega was recognized by the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) for her contribution to health disparity and equity research. She was honored with the recognition during EnHIP’s 2023 Annual Meeting on March 30th and 31st.

In addition to leading PROTECT’s CEC, Dr. Vélez Vega is a Professor in the Doctoral Program of Public Health and Social Determinants of Health within University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus’s Graduate School of Public Health. Her course design and lessons consistently encourage students to engage in social health and justice through their research. She is also an Onsite Principal Investigator for CRECE and ECHO, and the Community Engagement Director for the Center for Collaborative Research in Health Disparities. Through her work as a professor, and as a leader in these environmental health research centers, Dr. Vélez Vega has shown a strong commitment to community engagement, collected outstanding social policy research, and demonstrated that population health matters when working to mitigate health disparities.

The EnHIP partnership members

EnHIP is a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine and HBCUs, Predominantly Black Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, and community colleges. The partnership was formed to increase the capacity of minority-serving academic institutions to gather and use environmental health information, and to expand data driven science that can improve health equity. At their annual meetings, EnHIP recognizes faculty members who represent the mission of NLM and EnHIP and have made major contributions to the environmental health, health disparities, and health equity bodies of knowledge.

Congratulations, Mili, on this major recognition!