Felix Ortiz, New York State Assemblyman and President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, was honored with the Health Care Disparities Leadership Award during the 2005 Health Disparities Conference this weekend. The third annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) and National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) Health Disparities Conference was held in Monarch Beach, California and hosted state legislators from across the country to address the issue of racial and ethnic inequalities in health care.
The presentation of the Health Disparities Leadership Award was a new addition to this year’s Health Disparities Conference. This prestigious award will be presented each year to two legislators who have shown an exceptional commitment to addressing health disparities in their community. Assemblyman Ortiz was honored along with his colleague Representative Joe Armstrong from Tennessee.
"Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is well-deserving of this special award because of his commitment to tackling some of the toughest public health issues," states Elizabeth Burgos, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. "Throughout his political career, Ortiz has introduced important, meaningful legislation that contributes greatly to improving the quality of life for all Americans."
Assemblyman Ortiz has been an active part of New York leadership since 1992 and was elected State Assemblyman representing the 51st Assembly District in 1994. He has consistently demonstrated his commitment to addressing health and education issues for his constituents, past appointments include serving as Vice-Chairman of the Education, Labor and Workforce Training Committee, and as Chair of the Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy Committee. Assemblyman Ortiz was elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, a group he has been active in for many years, in June 2005.