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Rios-Ellis Recognized by NHBWA as One of Its Women of the Year

Published: July 1, 2010

Britt Rios-Ellis, a professor of health science at CSULB, has been recognized by the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) as one of its three Women of the Year honors for 2010 for her work in education.

Rios-Ellis received her award at the 10th annual NHBWA Awards and Scholarship Dinner held recently in Santa Ana. The dinner serves a dual purpose of recognizing outstanding women leaders and scholarship recipients and at the same time raises money for future scholarships.

An association dedicated to encouraging women to develop their business and professional goals, the Orange County-based NHBWA seeks to support the development of the next generation of leaders by providing scholarships to students pursuing a college education. Each year, the group awards three Women of the Year awards following an association-wide selection and voting process. Past honorees include Erlinda Martinez, president of Santa Ana College; Jerri Rosen, founder and CEO of Working Wardrobes; and city of La Habra Mayor Rose Espinoza.

“I am grateful and honored by the nomination from Jorge Daboub, vice president of Univision, and am humbled by the award granted by the NHBWA and the amazing women with whom I share this tribute,” Rios-Ellis said. “I share the Mujer del Año designation with staff from the NCLR/CSULB Center and the HSI project, our promotores teams, and all of the Latino communities we have been blessed to work with throughout the years.

“At a time when communities are struggling for basic human rights,” she added, “our work is even more heartfelt, and this recognition helps fuel our desire to eliminate the inequities experienced by so many Latinos.”

Rios-Ellis is the founding director of the National Council of La Raza/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training. She also is the principal investigator for numerous projects involving HIV/AIDS, youth empowerment, maternal/child health, and nutrition and obesity prevention and collaborates with NCLR on several project evaluations to facilitate both funding for programs in underserved communities as well as policy initiatives to improve health status and access within underserved Latino communities.

Britt Rios Ellis Portrait
Photo by Victoria Sanchez
Britt Rios Ellis

Rios-Ellis has consulted for the Pan American Health Organization, the YMCA, the National Association for Community Health Centers, the U.S. Health Resource Services Administration, the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center, the U.S. Office of Minority Health and the National Library of Medicine. She is also a federally commissioned member of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Advisory Committee for Women’s Services. Additionally, she serves on the executive leadership team of the National Latino AIDS Action Network.

A resident of Long Beach, Rios-Ellis earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Oregon.

–Rick Gloady