-Named as one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Latinos in America in 2005
Professional Achievements: 
-Bachelors Degree in social sciences from the University of Puerto Rico
-Masters Degree in social services administration from the University of Chicago
-Ph. D. in medical sociology from the University of Chicago 
-Established the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training, and Policy Center
-Formed the Hispanic Health Alliance
-Formed the Midwest Hispanic AIDS Coalition
-Formed the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention and Control
-Formed the National Latino Institute for Reproductive Health
Political/Social Accomplishments:
-Advocates on behalf of racial and ethnic minorities, women as a group, and the poor and elderly
-Chaired the Chicago Commission on Women
-Served on Board of Directors of Mujeres Latinas en Acción
-Serves on U.S. Surgeon General Executive Committee on Latino Health