Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., vice president for health affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso and founding dean at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, will deliver the annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health at noon on Feb. 15, 2013, in the School of Medicine’s Theater A.
De la Rosa has served as a spokesman in regional and national media outlets to focus nationwide attention on addressing health issues on the United States-Mexico border. President Bush appointed de le Rosa to the United States/Mexico Border Health Commission in 2003.
De la Rosa serves as a member of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso through which he is active in school based health center initiatives with the American Association of Medical Colleges and other national, state and local organizations.
His strong community involvement with school based clinics led de la Rosa to design an experimental curriculum in community medicine in which medical students rotate through colonias, small unincorporated settlements along the U.S.-Mexico border, where they experience the need for cultural sensitivity in medical practice. The program has become a national teaching effort in cultural sensitivity, cultural awareness and cultural competence in medicine.