After graduating with the highest honors, she opened a practice on the island and then moved it to New York City at Lincoln Hospital in South Bronx. She later became the director of the Department of Pediatrics there and developed programs to help abused children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
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Rodriguez Trias also founded the New York Latino Commission on AIDS, and became the first Hispanic American woman to serve as president of the American Public Health Association.
Over the years, she expanded her efforts, working with health institutions and experts across the globe to improve the lives of families in Central and South American, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
In 2001, she died of cancer at age 72. Before her death, former President Bill Clinton awarded her with the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, the second-highest civilian award in the United States.
And now Google is paying tribute. Check out the doodle archive to see her animation.
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