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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

About the Foundation 



Fernando Mendoza, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Fernando S. Mendoza is professor and chief of the division of general pediatrics at Stanford University, School of Medicine. He also serves as Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs. His research focuses on the health of US Hispanic children with a particular focus on immigrant children. He has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children and Families from 1996 to 1998. Recently, he co-authored a paper on prevention of childhood obesity in Mexican-American children and adolescents as part of a binational conference on childhood obesity sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica. Dr. Mendoza also has been associate dean of minority programs at Stanford University School of Medicine since 1983, and in this position has developed a number of programs to increase the numbers US Hispanic medical students and faculty. In addition, in his role as a medical educator, he was president of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools Inc. (HSHPS), a non profit consortium of 23 US medical schools and four public health schools directed at increasing the number of Hispanic physicians and medical faculty as well as developing research on health issues pertinent to the US Hispanic population. HSHPS through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control has developed public health educational programs for medical students interested in Hispanic health as well as two conferences on US Mexico border health issues.

Dr. Mendoza has been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the California Latino Medical Association, and Hispanic Business Magazine as a leader in Hispanic health care.

Dr. Mendoza joined the board of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation in 2006 largely due to his interest in improving academic exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America.  He notes, "In my work with immigrant children, particularly with Mexican Americans, I have come to believe that it is vital to create a bridge of cooperation between U.S. and Latin American health professionals and scholars in order to address the health issues that afflict Latino children, whether the are in the U.S. or their countries of origin."

In April 2008, Dr. Mendoza became the secretary of the PAHEF board.

Dr. Mendoza signed a conflict of interest statement and agrees to abide by PAHEF's conflict of interest policy.